Utah residents interested in the management and conservation of public lands have an opportunity to become directly involved through participation on the Bureau of Land Management's Utah Resource Advisory Council.

Council members provide advice and recommendations to the federal agency concerning the use and management of 22 million acres of public land in Utah.

Nominations, due May 10, are being accepted for six positions on the Utah council, five of which are three-year terms. One position — that of state agency representative — calls for a nominee to step in and serve the remainder of a term held by a previous council member that ends Sept. 11, 2011.

Two positions are open in the commodity category, which includes holders of federal grazing permits, as well as energy and mineral development, timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use and commercial recreation interests.

One position is open in the non-commodity category, which includes nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historic interests, dispersed recreation and wild horse and burro groups.

Three positions are available in the local area interest category, which includes holders of state, county or local elected office; Native American tribes; employees of a state agency responsible for management of natural resources; educators involved in natural sciences and the public-at-large.

Nomination forms are available from BLM offices and from the agency's Web site at www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/res/resource_advisory.html. For more information, call 801-539-4195.

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