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Notice of Intent To Solicit Nominations for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.


Notice of intent.


The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) was directed by the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 to establish the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (D-E NCA) Advisory Council (Council). The 10-member Council was formed in December 2010 to provide recommendations to the Secretary through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) during the development of a resource management plan (RMP) for the D-E NCA. This call for nominations is to fill two of the 10 seats on the Council. The appointments for these two members are scheduled to expire in January 2015.


Submit nomination packages on or before December 18, 2014.


Send completed Council nominations to D-E NCA Interim Manager Collin Ewing, Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506. Nomination forms may be obtained at the Grand Junction Field Office at the above address; at the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office, 2465 South Townsend Avenue, Montrose, CO 81401; or online at​co/​st/​en/​nca/​denca/​denca_​rmp/​DENCA_​Resource_​Advisory_​Council.html.

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Collin Ewing, D-E NCA Interim Manager, 970-244-3049, Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

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The D-E NCA and Dominguez Canyon Wilderness, located within the D-E NCA, were established by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Public Law 111-11 (Act). The D-E NCA is comprised of approximately 210,172 acres of public land, including approximately 66,280 acres designated as Dominguez Canyon Wilderness located in Delta, Montrose and Mesa counties, Colorado. The purpose of the D-E NCA is to conserve and protect the unique and important resources and values of the land for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. These resources and values include the geological, cultural, archaeological, paleontological, natural, scientific, recreational, wilderness, wildlife, riparian, historical, educational, and scenic resources of the public lands; and the water resources of area streams based on seasonally available flows that are necessary to support aquatic, riparian, and terrestrial species and communities.

According to the Act, the 10-member Council is to include, to the extent practicable:

1. One member appointed after considering the recommendations of the Mesa County Commission;

2. One member appointed after considering the recommendations of the Montrose County Commission;

3. One member appointed after considering the recommendations of the Delta County Commission;

4. One member appointed after considering the recommendations of the permittees holding grazing allotments within the D-E NCA or the wilderness; and

5. Six members who reside in, or within reasonable proximity to Mesa, Delta or Montrose counties, Colorado, with backgrounds that reflect:

a. The purposes for which the D-E NCA or wilderness was established; andStart Printed Page 68698

b. The interests of the stakeholders that are affected by the planning and management of the D-E NCA and wilderness.

The two solicited applications will replace the Council member representing Delta County and a Council member representing wildlife interests. The new nominations should ensure that the Council remains representative of the stakeholder groups and geographical areas with an interest in the management of the D-E NCA, as mandated by the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 (Act). Any individual or organization may nominate one or more persons to serve on the Council. Individuals may nominate themselves for Council membership. The Obama Administration prohibits individuals who are currently federally registered lobbyists from serving on all Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and non-FACA boards, committees or councils. Nomination forms may be obtained from the BLM Grand Junction or Uncompahgre field offices or downloaded from the following Web site:​co/​st/​en/​nca/​denca/​denca_​rmp/​DENCA_​Resource_​Advisory_​Council.html.

Nomination packages must include a completed nomination form, letters of reference from the represented interests or organizations, and any other information relevant to the nominee's qualifications. Letters of reference can be from an organization or from anyone who is familiar with the nominee's ability to speak as an expert on the topic of interest. Nominations are open to new and currently seated members. The Grand Junction and Uncompahgre field offices will review the nomination packages in coordination with the affected counties and the Governor of Colorado before forwarding recommendations to the Secretary, who will make the appointments.

The Council shall be subject to the FACA, 5 U.S.C. App. 2; and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.

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Ruth Welch,

BLM Colorado State Director.

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[FR Doc. 2014-27267 Filed 11-17-14; 8:45 am]