BLM seeks nominations to advisory council

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations to a statewide advisory council that advises the federal agency on land management issues for 90 million acres of public land in Alaska.

The Alaska Resource Advisory Council consists of 10 to 15 members who serve two-year terms. The council is replaced every other year, though some members are reappointed.

The council includes a cross section of Alaskans from around the state. Members represent energy, tourism and commercial recreation interests, as well as environmental, archaeological and historic interests.

''It provides a conduit for BLM to learn about the interests of the constituents we serve so they're better aware of what's going on,'' BLM spokeswoman Teresa McPherson said.

All nominees must be Alaska residents, and individuals may nominate themselves or others. McPherson said most members apply themselves.

Nominees should have an appropriate background and level of experience to give informed, objective advice on an array of public lands issues, and a demonstrated commitment to collaboration in seeking solutions to those issues.

Nomination packets are available from the BLM by calling 271-5555. Nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from the interests or organizations to be represented.

Nominations will be accepted until April 23, and final selections will be made from a list sent to the secretary of Interior. Appointments become effective Oct. 1.

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