BLM NEWS RELEASE
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) will hold their annual joint meeting at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel Casino in Sparks, Nev., on January 20-21, 2011. The meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20. The public is invited to attend.
BLM Nevada has three regional RACs: the Northeastern Great Basin RAC, the Sierra Front/Northwestern Great Basin RAC, and Mojave/Southern Great Basin RAC. The RACs provide counsel and advice to the Secretary of the Interior, through the BLM on issues involving management of the public lands. Members represent commercial and non-commercial uses and local governments.
“The members of Nevada’s councils are people who are interested in the use and the protection of public lands,” said Nevada State Director Ron Wenker. “This annual meeting gives all members an excellent opportunity to visit with their counterparts among the RACs, to discuss issues with the BLM, and to get an overview of the BLM’s priorities and challenges for the upcoming year.”
A public comment period will be held early in the afternoon on Thursday, Jan. 20. The actual time will be posted on the website. The meeting agenda will be available two weeks prior to the meeting at www.blm.gov/nv. This forum provides an opportunity for people to ask questions of the citizen-based advisory council and to make comments that may provide RAC members a better understanding of their needs and concerns.
The three RACs will meet separately on Friday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 a.m. to elect a chair and vice-chair and select meeting dates and agenda topics for the coming year.