The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) California Desert District is soliciting nominations from the public for five members of its California Desert Advisory Council to serve three-year terms. The council’s 15 members provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on the management of more than 10 million acres of public lands in eight counties of Southern California.
As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations until May 30. The five positions to be filled are: one renewable energy industry, two public-at-large, and two elected officials.
The council meets in formal session three to four times each year in various locations throughout the California Desert District. Council members serve without compensation other than travel expenses. Members serve three-year terms and may be nominated for reappointment for an additional three-year term. The secretary selects council nominees consistent with the requirements of Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), which require nominees appointed to the council be balanced in terms of points of view and representative of the various interests concerned with the management of the public lands within the area for which the council is established.
Any group or individual may nominate a qualified person based upon education, training and knowledge of the BLM, the California Desert, and the issues involving BLM-administered public lands throughout Southern California. Qualified individuals also many nominate themselves. The nomination form is on the Desert Advisory Council webpage at https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/get-involved-rac-near-you-california-california-desert-district-DAC_Nomination.pdf. Nominations must include letters of support.
Advisory Council members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. Administration policy prohibits individuals who are currently federally registered lobbyists to serve on any FACA and non-FACA boards, committees, or councils.
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