Three people join Northwest Resource Advisory Council |

Three people join Northwest Resource Advisory Council

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Three new members will be on the Northwest Resource Advisory Council (RAC), a group tasked with advising the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues.

Glenn Vawter, executive director for the National Oil Shale Association; Dean Riggs, assistant regional manager for the northwest regional office of the Colorado Division of Wildlife; and Gary Bumgarner, a Grand County Commissioner; were all appointed to the northwest RAC, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The 15 members of the Northwest RAC represent a broad range of interests, including environmental protection, energy and mineral interests, along with elected officials.

The Bureau of Land Management has three Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) in Colorado: the Northwest RAC, the Southwest RAC and the Front Range RAC.

Vawter will be the representative for commercial interests on the council, Riggs will be the council’s governmental representative and Gary Bumgarner will be the council’s elected official, according to the statement from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

“With a variety of experience and backgrounds, the RAC members offer wide ranging viewpoints to each of our councils,” said Sally Wisely, the BLM’s Colorado state director, this diversity gives the BLM the balanced outlook necessary to manage the public lands for multiple uses.”

Steve Gunderson, of Grand Junction, was re-appointed to represent off-highway vehicle users. Clare Bastable, conservation director of the Colorado Mountain Club was also re-appointed as a representative of environmental groups.

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