|was established by the Secretary of the Interior to provide advice or recommendations to BLM management in developing the Resource Management Plan for the NCA and Wilderness (Omnibus Act). The Advisory Council includes members appointed to represent categories established by the Omnibus Act.|
Council members will serve three year terms, and the Council may remain in existence for up to a year following completion of the plan. Recommendations are based on consensus-building and collaboration.
Below are the 10 members of the Advisory Council:
Advisory Council Chair Katie Steele resides in Grand Junction and is the co-chair of the Colorado Riverfront Commission. She represents dispersed recreation and historic resources.
Advisory Council Vice-Chair William "Bill" Harris lives in Montrose and is a past representative of the International Mountain Biking Association and a current board member of the Colorado Plateau Mountain Biking Trail Association. He is also a past president of the Colorado Archaeological Society. He was recommended for the board by the Montrose County Commissioners. Bill represents recreation--primarily mountain biking--and cultural resources.
Kaye Simonson resides in Grand Junction and is a Mesa County planner. She represents Mesa County.
Oscar Massey lives in Whitewater and is a rancher with federal grazing permits within the NCA since the mid 1970s. He represents grazing permit holders.
Tamera Minnick resides in Grand Junction where she is an associate professor of environmental science and technology at Mesa State College. She represents scientific, educational, and ecological values.
Ralph Files is a resident of Montrose and on the Montrose County Parks Advisory Board. He represents Montrose County.
Bob Janowski lives in Whitewater. He is a member of the Grand Mesa Jeep Club and the Western Slope ATV Association.
Kate Graham is a resident of Grand Junction and a field organizer at Conservation Colorado.
Steven Boyle lives in Montrose and is the Principal and Senior Biologist at BIO-Logic, Inc., a natural resource consulting business. He is a wildlife and conservation biologist, formerly with the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He serves on the Gunnison Sage-Grouse San Miguel Basin Working Group, and is active in the Black Canyon Regional Land Trust and other programs that promote conservation easements to protect working farms and ranches from development. Steve represents wildlife and ecological interests.
Doug Atchley resides in Delta and is a Delta County Commissioner. He retired from banking in 2007, managing a group of Wells Fargo banks which included branches in Delta, Gunnison, Telluride and Montrose. He was a founding member of Delta Area Development, Inc., and has served as chamber president. He operates a cattle ranch in Delta County. Doug represents Delta County.