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SOUTHWEST RAC MEMBERS

CATEGORY 1 - COMMERCIAL AND COMMODITY INTERESTS

John Reams

Naturita

Energy/Minerals

John Reams is currently enrolled in an aviation sciences program at Mountain States University.  He founded and manages Reams Construction Company, a general contracting firm specializing in commercial and industrial heavy construction in business for over 30 years.  He also founded and manages Tomcat Mining Corporation, an underground contract mining firm specializing in metal/non-metal extraction.  He has served on a Southwest RAC subgroup and as a volunteer fireman and EMT for 27 years.  He also acted as the president of the Fire District Board for 10 years. He serves on the Montrose County Airport Advisory Board, as president of the Western Small Miners Association, and is a member of the Montrose County Transportation Committee.

Mary Monroe Brown

Durango

Outdoor Recreation

As the Director of Trails 2000 (a non-profit that provides trail education, advocacy for connectivity, building and maintenance of trails in the Four Corners area), Mary Monroe Brown is familiar with the public lands in southwest Colorado. She has served on various roles from serving on the Trails group with the San Juan Mountains to co-chairing the Overall Start US Pro Cycling Challenge or participating in the Hermosa Wilderness plan process. Monroe Brown has also provided leadership in organizations for open space and trails program throughout the Tres Rios Field Office.  She spearheaded the Chapman Bike Park Project a new trail connectivity in Overland Mountain Park and has been instrumental in making improvements to urban open space such as improving signage, education and advocacy.  

Eric Sanford

Montrose

Energy/Minerals

Eric Sanford is the Operations and Land Manager for SG Interests I, Ltd., working to develop natural gas resources in Gunnison and Mesa counties.  His position provides him with a breadth of experiences, from field visits to regulator hearings and permitting.

Eric moved to Durango in 1999, where he practiced law as a criminal trial attorney and with a firm specializing in oil and gas issues.  After nine years in Durango, Eric moved to Ridgway to take a job with the oil and gas industry in Montrose.  Eric enjoys cycling, hiking, camping, and travelling.  In fact, he wishes that he could be doing one of those things right now.

Kathy Welt, Chair

Hotchkiss

Energy/Minerals

Kathy Welt is the current Chair and a former co-chair of the SWRAC, serving since 2002.  She has been involved in environmental/reclamation permitting and compliance with the coal mining industry for over 25 years.  Welt currently serves as Senior Environmental Engineer with Mountain Coal Company, LLC at the West Elk Mine near Somerset.  In addition, she dedicates time to the Tri-River Area CSU Extension advisory board, Western Colorado Hospice advisory board, and 4-H and FFA youth programs, as well as representing Delta County on the Club 20 Board of Directors and Region 10 on the Club 20 Executive Committee.

Raised on the concept of multiple use, Welt shares her belief that our public lands should be managed and remain available for all responsible uses—from wildlife habitat and livestock grazing to recreation and mineral extraction—with the key words being “managed” and “responsible.”  She and her husband lead busy lives raising three sons on their cattle ranch near Hotchkiss.  Welt occasionally escapes her hectic schedule by hiking, taking scenic photographs, and riding ATVs.

Dale Irby

Gunnison

Federal Grazing

Mr. Irby holds three grazing allotments in Gunnison County.  He has served on the Farm Service Agency Board of Directors, FFA Advisory Boards and the Gunnison County Weed Board.  He is the past president for the Cattlemen’s Days Rodeo, is the past president of the Gunnison County Stockgrowers and is the BLM liaison for the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association steering committee.  Irby is a third generation rancher who is highly involved in agricultural organizations throughout Gunnison County.  As a permittee he also has a deep understanding of federal grazing issues.  His families’ ranch has also received awards for their ranch management practices, work with the Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy and he has created a conservation easement on 456 acres of irrigated meadow along Tomichi Creek.


CATEGORY 2 - ENVIRONMENTAL AND HISTORICAL INTERESTS

Paul Joyce

Durango

Environmental

Mr. Joyce is a Colorado Wild Conservation Associate and is working on public lands protection issues throughout the state with particular interest on the western slope. He has been working toward collaborative solutions with diverse stakeholders the following projects; The Gateway Process: discussing NCA with Wilderness for the Gateway area, The River Protection Workgroup on the Animas River, The Uncompahgre project a collaborative group of agency, academia and concerned citizens working collectively to make recommendations for future management on the Uncompahgre plateau, The proposed Village at Wolf Creek, State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) a project that links Colorado's Wildlife Corridor Dataset to the Colorado Division of Wildlife.  

 Deborah Gangloff

 Cortez

 Archaeological

Ms. Gangloff’s experience at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center enables her to provide insight into the archaeological research, benefits of geotourism on BLM land and the importance of public land education.  Gangloff was the chair of the Secretary of Agriculture National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council and she has served on the International Society of Arboriculture Certification Board, Sustainable Forestry Initiative External Review Panel Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition Policy Work Group Leader, La Cruz Habitat Protection Project and the KSJD Community Radio Project.

Gangloff has conducted ecological restoration work all of the country and the world including in Colorado on public and tribal lands.  She has a comprehensive understanding of land tenure and management issues especially as it relates to archaeological research.

Zane Odell

Cortez

Dispersed Recreation

Mr. Odell is a farmer and rancher who has served on the Southwestern Livestock Association board for three terms and currently serves as the chair of the Montezuma County Public Lands Coordination Commission.  He has 15 years of experience dealing with public land allotments.  Odell’s experience with the Montezuma County Public Lands Coordination Commission has given him experience in Travel Management Plans, oil, gas, recreation, grazing and public land management.  He has also worked in farming and ranching in Montezuma and Archuleta counties his entire life. 

Barbara Hawke

Montrose

Environmental Organization

Barbara Hawke has worked in conservation in Colorado since 1999 by working with private land conservation and public lands issues for The Nature Conservancy, Black Canyon Regional Land Trust and The Wilderness Society.  Currently, she serves on the City of Montrose Planning Commission, Southwest Resources Advisory Council, Uncompahgre Field Office SubRAC and San Miguel Gunnison Sage Grouse Working Group Steering Committee.

Barbara’s position with the Wilderness Society has given her the opportunity to develop diverse relationships throughout the Southwest District.  Her conservation work includes issues across the Dolores River basin which encompasses all field offices within the Southwest District.  She also has a deep understanding of management plans and a demonstrated ability to work with community groups to advance conservation and public land management.  

Wallace White

 Durango

 Dispersed Recreation

Wallace White is a second term La Plata County Commissioner.  He has raised llamas for the past 30 years, packing with them throughout Colorado.  Wally and his llamas assisted in constructing the Colorado Trail by hauling supplies to trail crews working in the San Juan National Forest.  He has leased llamas to the Forest Service for use on trail maintenance and taught classes for wilderness rangers.  A strong advocate of Leave No Trace principles, Wally believes that llamas are an excellent low impact animal for backcountry use.  He served on the Hermosa Creek Working Group, working to find effective multiple use solutions for the largest designated roadless area in Colorado.

Raised in Colorado, Wally graduated from CSU with a degree in finance and obtained a degree in International Trade from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.  Having lived in the Yampa Valley, Aspen, Crested Butte, and Durango, Wally is familiar with the Western Slope and the many pressures facing our natural resources today.  He is a member of Colorado Counties, Inc, the Public Lands Steering Committee, the Land Use and Natural Resources Steering Committee, and the Agriculture, Wildlife, and Rural Affairs Steering Committee.  Wally also serves on the Colorado Emergency Planning Commission and the Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs.

CATEGORY 3 - STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT, INDIAN TRIBES, PUBLIC AT LARGE 

Philip Chamberland

Crested Butte

Elected Official

Mr. Chamberland has worked on gas regulation, trails, rural transportation and sage grouse issues as a county commissioner.  He currently owns Gunnison Valley Construction and Excavation Company.  Chamberland has or currently serves on the following boards Colorado State Parks Trails Committee, Gunnison Basin Sage-Grouse Strategic Committee, Gunnison County Planning Commission, Western State College Presidents Advisory Council, Mountaineer Athletic Association, Gunnison County Rural Transportation Authority, Crested Butte Rotary, Colorado Snowmobile Association, Gunnison County Snow Trackers Snowmobile Club and the church board of directors.  Chamberland has lived in the area for 18 years, and he is currently serving as a Gunnison County Commissioner.  He is familiar with BLM lands and management through his work with the Colorado State Trails Commission and State Parks.

Mark Roeber

Paonia

Elected Official 

Mark Roeber is a Delta County Commissioner who has served as the Colorado and National Cattlemen’s Federal Lands Chairman, the ad-hoc planning group for Delta County, the Colorado Resource Monitoring Initiative Stakeholders Group and board of director for the Partners Western Conservation Board. As a grazing permittee holder, he has a firm understanding of resource management on public lands. Mark has also worked with a variety of environmental groups to find common ground in land management decisions. He works with local communities to provide insight into mineral leasing through the local collaborative working group, and developed an allotment management plan with The Conservation Center for the West Elk Livestock Association.   

Renzo DelPiccolo

Montrose

State Employee 

Renzo DelPiccolo has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University.  He is an area wildlife manager in Montrose for the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW).  He has extensive post-graduate training in range management, forest management, wildlife management, law enforcement, botany, and education of students and educators.  He is serving as the Department of Natural Resources cooperating agency representative for the Uncompahgre Field Office Resource Management Plan.  He is the southwest representative on the Colorado Wolverine Reintroduction committee.  He is working with energy companies and the BLM on mitigation measures and stipulations, and is working with the BLM and Ute Water Company on a multi-organization trade and transfer-of-use for the Jerry Creek Reservoirs and the Mogensen Fishing Area.  He is negotiating game damage claims with a variety of landowners and livestock operators.  His background includes extensive involvement with Law Enforcement training, investigations, and operations.

Ken Emory

Montrose

Public at Large

Prior to calling western Colorado home, Ken Emory made Colorado his recreation destination for over 20 years.  When he retired seven years ago, Ken moved to the Montrose area.  He enjoys four-wheeling and exploring the region's beauty and history.  Ken claims that he is busier now than when he worked for a living.

In addition to serving his second term on the SWRAC, Ken is involved with regional land use in several other capacities.  He is a member of the Public Lands Partnership and the Public Access Group, which strives to open areas illegally closed by private parties.  Ken also volunteers at the Montrose Public Lands Center front desk and serves as the western district Land Use Officer for the Colorado Association of 4WD Clubs, Western Slope 4 Wheelers Club, and Montrose Rod and Gun Club.  As a SWRAC member, Ken feels that it is important to keep areas open for motorized recreation.  Public land issues and road and trail maintenance are of special interest to him.

Ernie Williams

 Dove Creek

Elected Official

Mr. Williams has served as a Dolores County Commissioner since 2004.  In this capacity, he has served as the Co-Vice Chair of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Transportation Planning Regions, the U.S. Forest Service’s RAC for dispensing funds, the Legislative Group for the Lower Dolores River and has worked on the U.S. Forest Service Travel Management Plan for Bloggy Glade. Mr. Williams has knowledge in agriculture, mining and water issues.  In addition to Mr. Williams’s experiences as an elected official, he also operates a small family farm.  He enjoys hunting, fishing and riding in remote places throughout the southwest Colorado.  

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Lori Armstrong, BLM Southwest District Manager

2465 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO  81401
Phone: (970) 240-5300  |  TDD (970) 240-5366  |  FAX (970) 240-5367

vaarmstrong@blm.gov

Click on the address above for a map showing the location of the Southwest District administrative headquarters.