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ELKO: Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council meets April 19

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blm_logo-2209203-5366722BLM NEWS RELEASE

ELKO — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 19 at the California Trail Interpretive Center.  Members of the public and media are cordially invited to attend.

The meeting will take place at the California Trail Interpretive Center located off Interstate 80 at Hunter exit 282. The meeting will begin promptly at 8 a.m.

Agenda items for discussion include: Term Permit Renewal process, Greater Sage-grouse EIS, Recreation Travel Management, creation of a Wild Horse & Burro subcommittee and the Battle Mountain Resource Management Plan.

The public may present general written and/or oral comments to the RAC beginning at 10:30 a.m.  An agenda is posted at:  http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/res/resource_advisory/northeastern_great.html.

Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, or those wishing a printed copy of the agenda, may contact Lesli Ellis, Public Affairs Officer ([email protected]), Elko District Office, 3900 E. Idaho St., Elko, NV  89801, telephone (775) 753-0386, no later than April 15, 2012.

In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management formed 24 RACs in the western States to provide advice on the management of public lands and resources. These citizen-based groups provide an opportunity for individuals from all backgrounds and interests to have a voice in the management of the public lands, and to help improve their health and productivity.  RAC recommendations address all public land issues, including: land use planning, recreation, noxious weeds, and wild horse and burro herd management areas.

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.  In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs.  The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends.  In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget.  The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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