SALT LAKE CITY — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations for open positions on 17 of its 36 resource advisory councils. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 1.

The councils, which are composed of residents chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the bureau carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands.

Each council consists of 10 to 15 members. Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the council has jurisdiction, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education and knowledge of the council’s geographic area.

All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.

Each of the 17 councils has positions open in the following categories:

Category one: Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights of way, off-highway vehicle use and commercial recreation.

Category two: Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

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Category three: Representatives of state, county or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the council is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public at large.

For information regarding the Utah council, contact Lola Bird at lbird@blm.gov or 801-539-4033. For information regarding the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee, contact Larry Crutchfield at lcrutchf@blm.gov or 435-644-1209.