A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The Regional Advisory Councils provide advice and recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board about subsistence hunting, trapping, and fishing issues on Federal public lands. Membership on the Councils is one way for the public to become involved in the Federal regulatory process. Each Council has either 10 or 13 members.
Regional Advisory Council members are appointed by the Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture, usually to three-year terms. The Councils meet at least twice a year, in Sep/Oct and Feb/Mar. While Council members are not paid for their volunteer service, their transportation and lodging are pre-paid and per diem is provided for food and other expenses under Federal travel guidelines.
Review and make recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board on proposals for regulations, policies, management plans, and other subsistence-related issues on Federal public lands within the region;
Develop proposals for the subsistence harvest of fish and wildlife; review proposals others submit;
Encourage and promote local participation in the decision-making process affecting subsistence harvests on Federal public lands;
Make recommendations on customary and traditional use determinations of subsistence resources; and,
Appoint members to National Park Subsistence Resource Commissions;
Provide open forum for public expression of opinions regarding any matter related to subsistence.
RESIDENT of the region member represents
RESOURCE KNOWLEDGE – Knowledge of the region's fish and wildlife resources
SUBSISTENCE USES – Knowledge of the region's subsistence uses, customs, and traditions
OTHER USES – Knowledge of the region's sport, commercial, and other uses
LEADERSHIP SKILLS – Leadership and experience with local regional organizations
COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Ability to communicate effectively
AVAILABILITY – Willingness to travel to attend two or more Council meetings each year (usually in October and February) and occasionally attend Federal Subsistence Board meetings.
Regional Council Member Appointment Process Overview
August 2014 - January 2015
Application period open for Regional Advisory Councils.
February - April 2015
Interagency Regional Nominations Panels conduct interviews and meet to rate and rank applicants.
Federal Subsistence Board reviews panel reports and develops recommendations.
September - December 2015
Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture review recommendations and appoint members to the Regional Advisory Councils. Appointments are typically made by December 2 each year.