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Citizens have a chance to advise feds on land issues

Sun news service

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is looking for citizens to serve on advisory councils to share their expertise on public land issues.

The bureau, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has 24 resource advisory councils across the West that help provide stewardship of 258 million acres of public land.

The Central California council advises managers for the Folsom, Hollister, Bishop and Bakersfield field offices.

The Folsom field office manages lands in Nevada County, some of which recently have been closed to the public.

The four Central California vacant positions are in three categories.

BLM is seeking public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with off-highway vehicle use, energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation rights of way and commercial recreation to fill the first vacancy, according to a release from the agency.

Representatives from environmental groups, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities and wild horse and burro organizations are needed to fill the second vacancy, the release said.

The third vacancy can be filled by representatives of state, county or local elected offices, Indian tribes, academic institutions involved in natural sciences or the public at large.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Nominees must be residents of the state where the council has jurisdiction. All nominations must be accompanied by reference letters and information that speaks of nominees’ qualifications.

Nominations should be sent by April 14 to David Christy, BLM Folsom Field Office, 63 Natoma St., Folsom, CA 95630. For more information, e-mail david_christy@ca.blm.gov or call (916)985-4474.

Nomination forms are available online at:

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/rac.html.