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« on: May 21, 2015, 03:53:29 am »

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to reopen the request for public
nominations for certain Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Resource
Advisory Councils (RAC) that have member terms expiring this year.
These RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use
planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within
their geographic areas. The RACs covered by this request for
nominations are identified below. The BLM will accept public
nominations for 30 days after the publication of this notice.

DATE: All nominations must be received no later than June 22, 2015.

ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the address of BLM State
Offices accepting nominations.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Purdy, U.S. Department of the
Interior, Bureau of Land Management, WO-630, Division of Regulatory
Affairs, 20 M Street SE., Washington, DC 20003-3503; 202-912-7635.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Land Policy and Management Act
(FLPMA) directs the Secretary of the Interior to involve the public in
planning and issues related to management of lands administered by the
BLM. Section 309 of FLPMA (43 U.S.C. 1739) directs the Secretary to
establish 10- to 15-member citizen-based advisory councils that are
consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). As required
by FACA, RAC membership must be balanced and representative of the
various interests concerned with the management of the public lands.
The rules governing RACs are found at 43 CFR subpart 1784 and include
the following three membership categories:
    Category One--Holders of Federal grazing permits and
representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral
development, timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way,
developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial
recreation;
    Category Two--Representatives of nationally or regionally
recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historic
organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and
burro organizations; and
    Category Three--Representatives of State, county, or local elected
office, employees of a State agency responsible for management of
natural resources, representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent
to the area for which the council is organized, representatives of
academia who are employed in natural sciences, and the public-at-large.
    Those who have already submitted a nomination in response to the
first call for nominations (published in the Federal Register on
February 3, 2015, (80 FR 5785)) do not need to resubmit. All
nominations from the first and second calls will be considered together
during the review process. Individuals may nominate themselves or
others. Nominees must be residents of the State in which the RAC has
jurisdiction.
The BLM will evaluate nominees based on their education,
training, experience, and knowledge of the geographical area of the
RAC. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to collaborative resource
decision-making. The Obama Administration prohibits individuals who are
currently federally registered lobbyists from being appointed or re-
appointed to FACA and non-FACA boards, committees, or councils.
    This request for public nominations also applies to the Carrizo
Plain National Monument Advisory Committee (Committee) in California
established under Presidential proclamation. The Committee advises the
Secretary of the Interior in managing the Carrizo Plain National
Monument.
    The following must accompany all nominations for the RACs and
Committee:

--Letters of reference from represented interests or organizations;
--A completed Resource Advisory Council application; and
--Any other information that addresses the nominee's qualifications.

    Simultaneous with this notice, BLM State Offices will issue press
releases providing additional information for submitting nominations,
with specifics about the number and categories of member positions
available for each RAC in the State and the Carrizo Plain National
Monument Advisory Committee. Nominations and completed applications for
RACs and the Committee should be sent to the appropriate BLM offices
listed below:


To read the full notice... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-21/html/2015-12358.htm
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