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BLM seeks Taos County nominations for advisory council

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Nominations are open for four positions on the local Resource Advisory Council of the Bureau of Land Management, which advises the federal agency on public land issues.

Residents from Taos County and the surrounding areas are welcome to nominate themselves or another person before the May 30 deadline, according to a media release from the BLM.

The Farmington Resource Advisory Council is responsible for much of Northern New Mexico - from the Arizona to Oklahoma borders, including Taos. There are 38 advisory councils that give recommendations to the BLM across the Western United States.

"The BLM resource advisory councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management," said BLM Farmington District Manager Victoria Barr. "By ensuring that [the council] representation reflects a variety of perspectives, [council] members provide a valuable service to the [BLM] by delving into issues and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land and resource uses issues."

The council consists of 10 members with an interest or expertise in public land management, such as conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, tribal officials and academics.

The Taos area is included in the Farmington council, yet the county has consistently been underrepresented in its membership, even as the council discusses matters related to the Río Grande del Norte National Monument and other public lands.

For example, at the May 2016 council meeting, members discussed grazing access, land acquisitions under the federal Wilderness Act, planning for the monument and improving Taos County's only natural gas pipeline, which runs along the Río Grande in the gorge.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the council.

Nominees must be residents of New Mexico and will be evaluated based on their training, education and knowledge of the council's geographical area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed council application and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

To receive an application, contact Farmington District Resource Advisory Council Coordinator Zach Stone at (505) 564-7677 or by email at zstone@blm.gov.

Applications can also be downloaded at blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/apply. Individuals may submit their signed applications by either email to the above email address or by mail to the Bureau of Land Management, Farmington District Office, Attention: RAC Coordinator Zach Stone, 6251 North College Blvd., Suite A, Farmington, NM 87402.

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