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You can make a difference in wildlife management in Utah. Recent resignations have created a few vacancies on three of the state's five wildlife Regional Advisory Councils (RACs).

RAC members represent one of six interest groups: sportsmen; agriculture; nonconsumptive wildlife; locally-elected public officials; federal land agencies; and the public at large. Current vacancies are as follows: Northern RAC — sportsmen; Central RAC — nonconsumptive wildlife; Southeastern RAC — nonconsumptive.

To be considered for a vacancy, candidates must live in the region of the state they wish to represent. Potential candidates should contact an appropriate group they wish to represent and request to be nominated. For example, to fill a sportsmen vacancy, a person must contact a Utah sportsmen group.

For information about wildlife or conservation groups in your area, contact the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office. Nominating groups or organizations must submit their nominations by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2004.

RAC nomination forms may be downloaded from this Web site. After following the link, scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the appropriate link. Nomination forms may also be obtained at any DWR office.

Completed nomination forms must be e-mailed or mailed directly to the Board/RAC coordinator in the DWR's Salt Lake City office. Candidates go through a standardized sifting and interview process before being ranked and submitted to the executive director of the Department of Natural Resources. The executive director, in consultation with the director of the DWR, makes appointments from the top five candidates.

Each of the five RACs holds about 10 meetings a year to listen to wildlife management proposals from the DWR and take grassroots public input about the proposals. Meetings generally last three to five hours in the evening, typically on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. RACs vote on the proposals, then report their findings and recommendations to the seven-member Utah Wildlife Board, which sets policy for the DWR.

Successful candidates will complete the terms of resigning members and will then be eligible to serve a full, four-year term.

RAC members are considered volunteers and are eligible to be reimbursed for actual meeting attendance expenditures. Overnight travel is rarely required.

For more information, call Steve Phillips, Wildlife Board/RAC coordinator, at (801) 538-4718 or e-mail him at StevePhillips@utah.gov