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BLM Extends Deadline for Nominations for 2017 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards - 04/21/17

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended to June 12, 2017 the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. The prior deadline was April 28.

These non-monetary awards recognize those programs created to foster sustainable development, which encourages environmental health, social responsibility, and economic security.

Awards are presented through one of five categories. These include the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award, the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award, the Hardrock Mineral Director's Award, and the "Fix a Shaft Today!" Award.

The Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed federal, state, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.

The Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award recognizes the successful coordination of projects with local and regional stakeholders, including those projects that contribute to the quality of life or demonstrate concern for the long-term health of the local community.

The Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award recognizes operators or organizations, with 15 employees or fewer, who have demonstrated continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed federal, state, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.

The Hardrock Mineral Director's Award is presented to a single operator, one whose dedication has resulted in the use of a new or innovative design or technique that allows or enhances successful operations in technically challenging conditions.

The "Fix a Shaft Today!" Award recognizes active participation in the FAST! Campaign, a partnership initiative aimed at eliminating unsafe abandoned mine land features including open mine shafts. Individuals, as well as organizations, are eligible for this award.
Nominations should be submitted to the BLM state office where the individual or organization is located (Attention: Solid Minerals). A brochure offering detailed information on the nomination and selecting process, as well as state contact information, is available online, at:

https://edit.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/documents/files/2017_Sustainable_Awards_Brochure_0.pdf.

Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council accepting nominations - 04/21/17

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for open positions on 36 Resource Advisory Councils (RACs). As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the
BLM will consider nominations until Friday, May 30.

Among those groups seeking applicants is the Southeast Oregon RAC, which is made up of 15 citizens representing a wide array of interests, including recreation, commercial timber, mining, transportation, education, environmental groups and the public at large. Its boundaries include portions of Malheur, Harney, Lake, and Grant counties in Oregon.

The Southeast Oregon RAC has one vacancy in its public-at-large group, and eight seats spanning all interests expiring in early 2018.

Members meet three to four times a year at sites across Lake, Vale and Burns BLM districts, familiarizing themselves with issues including wildfire recovery, sage grouse and wild horse management, public land use designations and many other topics. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing the public lands for multiple uses.

"The BLM Resource Advisory Councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management," said Oregon?Washington BLM State Director Jamie Connell. "By ensuring that RAC representation reflects a variety of perspectives, RAC members provide a valuable service to the Bureau by delving into issues and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land and resource uses issues."

Each of the 36 RACs has different positions open in the following categories:

Category One -- Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with
energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights?of?way, off?highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.

Category Two -- Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental
organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

Category Three -- Representatives of State, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public?at?large.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an Advisory Council. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council's geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision?making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

For more information, or to apply, please contact Larisa Bogardus, SEO RAC Coordinator, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR 97630, 541?947?6237 or lbogardus@blm.gov or Greg Shine, BLM Oregon RAC Coordinator, 503?808?6306 or gshine@blm.gov.

-BLM-

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities
occurring on public lands.

Representatives Needed for Steens Mountain Advisory Council - 04/19/17

HINES, Ore. -- Did you know the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has Resource Advisory Councils -- made up of people just like you -- that give citizen-based advice and recommendations on the management of public lands?

These groups provide an opportunity for individuals from all backgrounds and interests to have a stronger impact on the decisions made for public lands.

The Steens Mountain Advisory Council (SMAC) currently has five positions open for public nomination:

1) a person interested in fish and recreational fishing in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area (CMPA);

2) a representative of a State environmental organization;

3) a recreation permit holder or representative of a commercial recreation operation in the CMPA;

4) a private landowner within the CMPA, and

5) a member and representative of the Burns Paiute Tribe.

If you are interested in public land management on Steens Mountain, this is a great opportunity to share your expertise and work with a collaborative group. The SMAC has been successful in bringing diverse and often competing interests to the table to deal with issues of mutual concern. This inclusive approach has shown great promise as a means to successfully deal with long-standing problems of public land management. Consensus-driven recommendations often lead to sustainable outcomes that benefit natural resources and have a high level of public support.

To nominate yourself or someone you know, submit a nomination form and supporting letters of recommendation from the groups or interests to be represented to the BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Hwy 20 West, Hines, Oregon. The application deadline is May 27, 2017. Nomination forms can be picked up at this same location, by mail through phone request at (541) 573-4400, or online at https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/apply

The specific category the nominee would like to represent should be identified in the nomination form and letters of reference. The BLM will review the applications and submit recommended nominees to the Secretary of the Interior, who has the responsibility for making the appointments.

Appointed members must reside in the State of Oregon. The SMAC generally holds quarterly meetings in Hines, Bend and Frenchglen. Although members serve without monetary compensation, travel and per diem expenses are reimbursed at current rates for government employees. SMAC members are normally appointed to three-year terms. For more information on the SMAC, call Tara Thissell at (541) 573-4400 or tthissell@blm.gov.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral
estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

BLM Seeks Nominations for Northwest Oregon Resource Advisory Council - 04/19/17

Salem, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking nominations for five open positions on the Northwest Oregon Resource Advisory Council. As published in a notice in the Federal Register on April 10, 2017, the BLM will consider nominations for 45 days.

The RAC consists of 15 members chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues to help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing public lands for multiple uses.

"The BLM Resource Advisory Councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management," said BLM OR/WA State Director Jamie Connell. "By ensuring that RAC representation reflects a variety of perspectives, RAC members provide a valuable service to the Bureau by delving into issues and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land and resource uses issues," said Connell.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Nominees, who must be residents of Oregon, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council's geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

Positions are open in the following categories:

Two positions in Category One -- Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.

One position in Category Two -- Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

Two positions in Category Three -- Representatives of State, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

For more information, visit https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/apply or contact RAC Coordinator Jennifer Velez at (541)222-9241 or jvelez@blm.gov.

-BLM-

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

John Day / Snake Resource Advisory Council accepting nominations - 04/17/17

Vale, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management recently announced that it is seeking public nominations for open positions on 36 Resource Advisory Councils (RACs). As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 45 days ending Friday, May 26.

Among those groups seeking applicants is the John Day / Snake RAC, which is made up of 15 citizens representing a wide array of interests, including recreation, commercial timber, mining, transportation, education, environmental groups and the public at large.

Members meet three to four times a year at sites across the Prineville and Baker Field Office of the Vale BLM districts, familiarizing themselves with issues including wildfire recovery, sage grouse and wild horse management, public land use designations and many other topics. They also bring forward issues from their constituents. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing the public lands for multiple uses.

This RAC also provides advice for the Malheur, Ochoco, Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman, and part of the Deschutes National Forests. Examples of issues recently worked through by the RAC include user fees for the John Day River system and travel management.

"The BLM Resource Advisory Councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management," said Oregon?Washington BLM State Director Jamie Connell. "By ensuring that RAC representation reflects a variety of perspectives, RAC members provide a valuable service to the Bureau by delving into issues and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land and resource uses issues."

The John Day / Snake RAC will be filling up to nine positions spanning three categories:

Category One -- Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights?of?way, off?highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.

Category Two -- Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

Category Three -- Representatives of State, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public?at?large.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an Advisory Council. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council's geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision?making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

For more information on the RACs in Oregon & Washington, go to https://on.doi.gov/2kkiM7Z

To learn how to apply for a RAC appointment, go to https://on.doi.gov/2opFACz

For additional information, please contact Greg Shine at (503) 808-6306 or gshine@blm.gov.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Greg Shine
Oregon/Washington State Office
Bureau of Land Management
1220 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR, 97204

-BLM-

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.