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Jankovsky appointed to BLM advisory council

Ryan Summerlin
rsummerlin@postindependent.com
Tom Jankovsky

Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky has been appointed to a Bureau of Land Management advisory council, giving the county a direct avenue of influence in the federal agency’s local dealings.

Jankovsky was among five recent appointees to the Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council, which is one of 29 such councils in the American West.

The resource advisory councils are made up of members who generally fall into one of three categories: commercial interests, such as energy developers or grazing permitees, recreation and conservation interests and government officials.

“By working with federal, state, local and tribal governments, as well as leaders from industry and the conservation community, the resource advisory councils exemplify the BLM’s collaborative approach to public land issues,” said BLM Colorado State Director Ruth Welch. “I want to welcome our newly appointed Northwest RAC members and salute them for their commitment to public service.”

Jankovsky said he hopes to address a number of BLM issues that are important to Garfield County, like oil and gas issues, grazing permits, wildlife, recreation, sage grouse issues and access to federal lands.

“It’s a benefit to Garfield County to have our voice at the table and to be knowledgeable about what’s happening with the BLM, which is the biggest landowner [in the county] with oil and gas holdings.”

The commissioner said the agency appears to value the advisory council’s input and often brings controversial projects before it. The Thompson Divide and Roan Plateau proposals came before the advisory council.

The BLM sees it as a really positive sounding board, said Jankovsky.

Individuals on the council can give their viewpoints in meetings. But when they pass a formal resolution, which carries a lot of weight when diverse interests agree on something, it goes all the way to the secretary of the interior, said David Boyd, BLM’s Colorado River Valley Field Office spokesman.