Public meetings

Getting involved in the process

How you can get involved in the RAC & Wildlife Board public process

Utah's five Wildlife Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) were created by the Utah State Legislature in the early 1990s to get more public input from citizens at the grassroots level concerning wildlife management, rules and regulations. Each RAC is made up of 12 to 15 people who represent various interest groups or constituencies.

Do you have a question, idea or issue idea you would like the RACs to consider? Attend your local RAC meeting, fill out a comment card and speak out when your name is called. Check the schedule at this website to find out which meetings you want to attend. You can also contact RAC members by e-mail (see RAC members list). Remember, there is strength in numbers. If you really want to get the RAC's attention, ask others who share your ideas or opinions to come with you to meetings.

Meeting procedure

Regional Advisory Councils and the Wildlife Board follow similar meeting procedures. There is an agenda for each meeting and it is essentially the same for all RACs and the Wildlife Board. RAC chairs and the Wildlife Board chair conduct all meetings. Briefly, here is how the meetings go:

  1. After each agenda item is introduced (which usually includes a presentation and/or recommendation from the DWR) there are questions from the RAC and then questions from the public.
  2. After the questions, the RAC takes public comments from those in attendance.
  3. After the public input process, the RAC discusses each agenda item.
  4. After all questions, comments and discussion, the RAC votes on each agenda item which requires a vote.

The procedure is the same at Wildlife Board meetings, except that the Wildlife Board also gets a report and voting results from each of the RACs on each agenda item that requires it. The Wildlife Board usually votes the same way the RACs do. If not, the Wildlife Board chairman sends documentation to the RACs explaining why the vote was different.

The Utah Wildlife Board law

Nominating committee — Utah State code 23-14-2.5

There is a Wildlife Board nominating Committee which consists of 11 Members. This committee is appointed by the Governor from nominees by the:

The nominating committee solicits nominees statewide and then submits them to the Governor, who makes the final decision regarding appointments to the Wildlife Board.

Creation, membership, terms, quorum, meetings — Utah State code 23-14-2

The Wildlife Board consists of seven members. The members shall have expertise or experience in at least one of the following areas:

Each of the above areas of expertise shall be represented by at least one member of the Wildlife Board. Each appointment shall be confirmed by the Senate. Four members of the Board shall constitute a quorum. The director of the Division of Wildlife Resources shall act as secretary to the Board but shall not be a voting member.

Policy-making powers of Wildlife Board — Utah State code 23-14-3

The Division of Wildlife Resources may determine the facts relevant to the wildlife resources of this state. Upon determination of these facts, the Wildlife Board shall establish the policies best designed to accomplish the purposes and fulfill the intent of all laws pertaining to wildlife and the preservation, protection, conservation, perpetuation, introduction, and management of wildlife.

In establishing policy the Wildlife Board shall:

The Regional Advisory Councils law — Utah State code 23-14-2.6

There are five Regional Advisory Councils (RACs). Each council consists of 12 to 15 members. The members include individuals who represent the following groups:

A list of nominees is submitted by the respective interest group or agency.

The executive director of the Department of Natural Resources, in consultation with the director of the Division of Wildlife Resources makes the final selections.

The councils shall: