BLM Advisory Council to meet in Silt |

BLM Advisory Council to meet in Silt

SILT — The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Resource Advisory Council will meet Thursday, Dec. 5, in Silt at the BLM’s Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road.

The meeting runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to the public, with public comment periods related to items on the agenda scheduled for 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Agenda items include the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-grouse EIS, air quality modeling and land use planning, data management system for the White River Field Office, and field manager updates.

The Northwest Colorado RAC meets quarterly in northwestern Colorado. It is one of several citizen advisory councils to BLM Colorado. Its 15 members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior and represent public land interests, including environmental, local government, wild horse and burro, and commercial activity. The Northwest Colorado RAC advises the BLM Colorado Northwest District, which includes the Grand Junction, White River, Little Snake, Kremmling and Colorado River Valley BLM field offices.

New members

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently announced the 2013 appointments to the Northwest Colorado RAC.

Jewell named five new appointments to the council, who represent public land resources and uses:

Carl Conner of Grand Junction: A new member representing archaeological and historical interests, Conner is the president of the Dominguez Anthropological Research Group. He has worked as an archaeologist in western Colorado for 30 years and has personally documented more than 3,000 archaeological sites on BLM lands.

John Justman of Fruita: A new member representing elected officials, Justman is a Mesa County commissioner active in public land management issues. He has operated a family farm near Fruita since 1973.

Wes McStay of Craig: Reappointed as a livestock permittee representative, McStay is a career rancher in Moffat County who is active in natural resource and public lands issues. He has worked closely with the BLM on the Little Snake Field Office Resource Management Plan Revision, and has been active in working groups for greater sage-grouse and sharp-tailed grouse.

Joe Neuhof of Grand Junction: A new member representing the public-at-large, Neuhof is the executive director of the Colorado Canyons Association and has worked on public lands issues in western Colorado for nearly a decade. He previously served on the Northwest RAC subcommittee for the Grand Junction Field Office and most recently served on the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council.

Barbara Vasquez of Cowdrey: Reappointed representing dispersed recreation, Vasquez is active in public lands issues. She has worked with the North Platte Basin Roundtable and has served as chair of the Division of Wildlife-sponsored North Park Focus Area Committee.

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Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest in public land management. Members serve an initial three-year term and may be reappointed to serve additional three-year terms.

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