April 21, 2017 3:45 a.m.
The Bureau of Land Management is soliciting nominations from the public for five positions on the Southwest Oregon Resource Advisory Council.
That group provides advice and recommendations to the agency on the management of more than 1.3 million acres of public lands in the Roseburg, Medford and Lakeview Districts.
Of the five positions:
*One will be someone who represents energy and mineral development, the commercial timber industry, organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups, developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, commercial recreation, or someone that represents private forest land owners.
*Three of the five members will be someone that represents nationally recognized environmental organizations, regionally or locally recognized environmental groups, dispersed recreational activities, archaeological and historical interests, or nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations.
*One member will be someone that holds a local, county or state elected office, represents an Indian Tribe, are school officials or teachers, represent the public at large or are employed by a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources, land or water.
To nominate someone, submit a nomination form noting the specific position along with supporting letters of recommendation from the groups or interests to be represented. Nomination forms can be picked up at BLM offices in Roseburg, Medford and Klamath Falls or online by going to https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/apply.
The RAC generally holds three to four meetings each year between Roseburg, Medford, Grants Pass and Klamath Falls. Members serve without compensation but travel and per diem expenses are reimbursed at current rates for government employees.