The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has appointed one new member to UtahвЂ™s citizen Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which advises the BLM on public land issues across Utah. В The newly-appointed member of the Utah RAC is Rick Ellis. В Rick resides in Howell, Utah, and will serve as the Wild Horse and Burro representative on the RAC.
вЂњThe BLMвЂ™s Resource Advisory Councils help ensure that the management of our public lands and resources is guided by a wide range of perspectives and through the citizen input,вЂќ Secretary Salazar said. В вЂњI welcome our new RAC members and commend them for their service on behalf of AmericaвЂ™s public lands. Their input and recommendations will help us restore our treasured landscapes and ensure that we are harnessing the benefits of these lands in a balanced way.”
The councils, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in various disciplines across the natural resource use and management field, help the BLM carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands and waters. В The bureau, which manages more land than any other Federal agency, has 24 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed lands are located. В Each RAC consists of 12 to 15 members with an interest in public land management, including ranchers, conservationists, outdoor recreationists, tribal officials, state and local government officials, scientists, and others.
вЂњUtahвЂ™s RAC members come from different backgrounds and reflect a wide range of perspectives,вЂќ said BLM-Utah State Director, Juan Palma. В вЂњTheir diversity creates the balanced outlook that the bureau needs to successfully carry out its multiple-use mission.вЂќ
Information about upcoming RAC meetings, which are open to the public, will be announced once it becomes available.