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Committee NameEastern Montana Resource Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number2060
Original Establishment Date10/1/1995Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date3/5/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*BLM Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Manager
Date Of Renewal Charter3/5/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Diane
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination Authority5 U.S.C. AppendixDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Friez
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Federal Land Policy and Management Act, Sec. 309Designated Federal Officer Phone*(406) 233-2800
Effective Date Of Authority*10/21/1976Designated Federal Officer Fax*(406) 233-2886
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The RAC offers advice to the BLM and serves as a sounding board and input-working group for the BLM field managers located in Billings and Miles City, Montana. RAC members provide input to the BLM regarding the viewpoints from their constituencies on local natural resource issues.
How is membership balanced?*The Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council was composed of 15 members distributed in a balanced fashion among the following groups. Category I includes those holding Federal grazing permits or leases, interests associated with transportation or rights-of-way, developed outdoor recreation, OHV users, or commercial recreation activities, commercial timber industry, or energy and mineral development. Category II includes nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, dispersed recreation activities, archaeological and historical interests, or nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups. Category III includes state, county, or locally elected office-holders, employee of a State agency responsible for the management of natural resources, Indian Tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized, are employed as academicians in natural resource management or the natural sciences, or represent the public-at-large.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Eastern Montana RAC typically meets two to three times a year in various locations throughout its jurisdictional area. The meetings include RAC member briefings to the BLM; updates on activities by the BLM's Billings and Miles City Field Offices and Eastern Montana/Dakotas District. Other agenda items are included that reflect developing issues and new BLM-wide emphasis areas. RAC members stay up-to-date on BLM programs and issues and offer pertinent and timely advice. Training is also periodically conducted at these meetings.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Montana is characterized by great distances between communities. The BLM's Miles City and Billings Field Offices cover an area encompassing the entire eastern one-third of the state with a checkerboard land-ownership status. The RAC meets this need and allows the BLM to hear from a variety of interests without excessive time and expense. RAC meetings rotate between communities in eastern Montana to allow the public to address the Council.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksThe RAC did not meet in FY2019 due to a lack of quorum, per BLM regulations.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentRAC didn't meet in FY2019
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe RAC provides an interface between various land-use groups and interests, and is an effective liaison between the agency and the multiple use-oriented public. The RAC helps enhance trust and the public's feelings of involvement where the public land is concerned. The RAC also represents the public in resource management planning, providing input for consideration on management strategies and possible outcomes.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentAn in-depth analysis has not been done to determine cost savings associated with the Eastern Montana RAC. However, the contributions of the RAC are of benefit to the BLM.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*14Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThere were no recommendations developed in FY2019.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNo recommendations developed in FY2019.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNo recommendations developed in FY2019Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentWhen they meet, the BLM distributes meeting notes to RAC members after each meeting. These notes are also posted on the RAC website at: Individuals can also call the designated Federal Officer directly with questions or concerns, and do so on a regular basis. RAC members treat the managers with respect and value their relationships. They inquire on topics of interest in relation to the BLM's role in local issues.
Agency Feedback CommentRAC didn't meet in FY2019 due to a lack of quorum, per BLM regulations.Narrative Description*Members of the Eastern BLM's Montana RAC provide input on BLM issues related to natural resource management in eastern Montana. RAC members are also a conduit for public participation and provide input to the BLM from their respective constituencies. Council members address public comments made during regular RAC meetings, and provide perspective to the public relating to BLM policies.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$12,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$800.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$17,800.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.20
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031209Billings Shooting Area Subcommittee2019
 COM-032060Lilly Pad Lake Trail subcommittee2019
 COM-031754Public Access Subcommittee2019
 COM-031542Pumpkin Creek Management subcommittee2019
 COM-031376Short Pine OHV Area subcommittee2019
 COM-032065Weatherman Draw Subcommittee2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033257Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council2018
 COM-001428Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council2017
 COM-002875Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council2016
 COM-003676Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council2015
 COM-004813Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council2014
 COM-005720Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council2013
 COM-007026Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council2012
 COM-007877Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council2011
 COM-009180Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council2010
 COM-009920Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council2009
 COM-011069Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council2008
 COM-011780Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council2007
 COM-013083Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council2006
 COM-013545Eastern Montana Regional Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014902Eastern Montana Regional Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015618Eastern Montana Regional Advisory Committee2003
 COM-017094Eastern Montana Regional Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017541Eastern Montana Regional Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018814Eastern Montana Regional Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019218Eastern Montana Regional Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020815Miles City Resource Advisory Council1998
 COM-021116Miles City Resource Advisory Council1997