BLM seeks nominations to site-specific councils

Groups play critical role in developing solutions to public land issues, officials say

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Grosvenor Arch in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Photo courtesy of John Fowler/Wikimedia Commons

The Bureau of Land Management on Monday announced that it is seeking public nominations for three citizens’ advisory councils affiliated with specific sites on the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. One of them is the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument advisory committee.

These citizen-based councils assist in the development of recommendations that address public land management issues.

The three councils, which are formally chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the Federal Policy and Land Management Act, provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on the development and implementation of management plans in accordance with the statutes under which the sites were established.

In addition to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument advisory committee, the others are the San Juan Islands National Monument advisory committee located in Washington and the Steens Mountain advisory council located in Oregon.

The councils have successfully demonstrated that consensus-driven recommendations often lead to sustainable outcomes that benefit long-term public land planning and management of National Conservation Land sites. This inclusive approach is proven successful and often enjoys a high level of public support. These councils consist of 10 to 15 members that represent unique site-specific interests as defined in the Federal Register Notice Supplementary Information, according to the BLM.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on a council. Nominees, who must be residents of the state where the council has jurisdiction, will be reviewed based on their training, education and knowledge of the specific geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. Nominations and completed applications should be sent to the appropriate BLM office. All nominations from represented interests or organizations must include a completed application, letters of reference, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications, according to the BLM.

As published in a notice in the Jan. 13 Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations until Feb. 24. For more information, contact David Hercher at 435-644-1209 or [email protected].