News release BLM.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking nominations for five open positions on the Coastal Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC). As published in a notice in the Federal Register on April 10, 2017, nominations will be accepted until May 30, 2017. The RAC consists of 15 members chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues to help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of public lands along the Oregon Coast. The diverse membership of the RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing public lands for multiple uses. Positions are open in the following categories: One position in 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. Two positions in Category Two — Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations. Two positions in 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 RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large. “The BLM Resource Advisory Councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management,” said BLM OR/WA State Director Jamie Connell. “By ensuring that RAC representation reflects a variety of perspectives, RAC members provide a valuable service to the Bureau by delving into issues and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land and resource uses issues,” said Connell. Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Nominees, who must be residents of Oregon, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council’s geographic 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 RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications. Nomination packets can be submitted to the BLM Coos Bay District Office, 1300 Airport Lane, North Bend, Oregon or via email to Nomination forms can be obtained at this same location or online at involved/resource-advisory- council/apply  The Coastal Oregon RAC generally holds quarterly meetings in various locations along the coast. Although members serve without monetary compensation, travel and per diem expenses are reimbursed at current rates for government employees. RAC members are normally appointed to three-year terms. For additional information, please contact Coastal Oregon RAC Coordinator Megan Harper at (541) 751-4353 or Additional information on the Coastal Oregon RAC can be found at