ELKO - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will meet with the Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC) two times in Nevada in 2013: June 27 in Elko; and Sept. 12, in Ely. All meetings are open to the public.

The RAC advises and makes recommendations to the BLM on public land management.

Discussion items will include, but are not limited to renewable energy development and transmission, the greater sage-grouse, BLM Battle Mountain district resource management plan, wild horse and burro program and ongoing drought issues.

Meeting information including starting times, public comment periods and other information will be listed in the agenda that will be available two weeks prior to each meeting.

The June 27 meeting will take place at the California Trail Interpretive Center located eight miles west of Elko at Hunter exit 292, beginning at 9 a.m.

Agenda items for discussion include: Trail Center status and future operations, overview of Northeast Nevada drought, overview of the Three HMA gather and an update on the Sub Regional greater sage-grouse EIS.

The public may present general written and/or oral comments to the RAC beginning at 11:30 a.m. An agenda is posted at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/res/resource_advisory/northeastern_great.html.

In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management formed 24 RACs in the western States to provide advice on the management of public lands and resources.

These citizen-based groups provide an opportunity for individuals from all backgrounds and interests to have a voice in the management of the public lands and to help improve their health and productivity.

RAC recommendations address all public land issues including: land use planning, recreation, noxious weeds, and wild horse and burro herd management areas.

Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, or those wishing a printed copy of the agenda, may contact Lesli Ellis, public affairs officer (lellis@blm.gov), Elko District Office, 3900 E. Idaho St., Elko, NV, 89801, telephone (775) 753-0386, no later than June 26.

The Federal Land Policy and Management Act directs the Secretary of the Interior to involve the public in planning and discussion of issues related to management of BLM-administered public lands.

The Northeastern Great Basin RAC is one of three such councils in Nevada that accommodates this community participation directive.

Represented on the council are commercial and non-commercial users that include elected officials and state agencies, environmental, livestock, mining, Native American and wild horse and burro.

For more information, contact Lesli Ellis, BLM Elko District Office, (775) 753-0386 or lellis@blm.gov.