|April 25, 2006|
Contact: Rey Adame 307-352-0399
Matt Anderson 307-367-5328
BLM Seeks Nominations for the Pinedale Anticline Working Group
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office in Pinedale is asking for nominations for membership to the Pinedale Anticline Working Group (PAWG). The PAWG nominations are part of the Adaptive Environmental Management program for the Pinedale Anticline Project Area.
“We are looking for citizens who want to be actively involved in the PAWG,” said Matt Anderson, PAWG coordinator for the Pinedale BLM office. The BLM will continue to accept nominations through May 22, 2006. Final appointments will be made by the Secretary of the Interior.
On August 13, 2004, the Secretary of the Interior renewed the Charter for the Pinedale Anticline Working Group and Task Groups (PAWG). In May 2004, nine members representing interest groups, governmental agencies, and local interests were appointed to the PAWG to serve a 2-year term. One member representing the public-at-large and one member representing Sublette County resigned. Recommendations for those two positions have been made and forwarded to the Secretary of the Interior’s office for selection.
Current members of the PAWG are approaching the end of their two-year appointment. “We are now initiating the process to select seven of the nine new PAWG members. Several interest groups, governmental agencies, and local interests will be given the opportunity to be represented on the PAWG, including previous PAWG members,” added Anderson. Individuals or groups interested in becoming a member of the PAWG should submit the specified information by the May 22nd deadline.
Nominations are being taken for the other seven positions. Members will be selected to represent the following: public-at-large; State of Wyoming; ranching community; land owners; environmental community; Town of Pinedale; and oil and gas operators. The Charter established several membership selection criteria and operational procedures that were developed once the Working Group became active.
These are listed as follows:
1) The PAWG is composed of 9 members who reside in the State of Wyoming. The PAWG members will be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary of the Interior.
2) Members to be selected to serve on the PAWG are as follows:
- One representative from the State of Wyoming Office of the Governor
- One representative from the Town of Pinedale
- One representative from the oil/gas operators active in the Pinedale Anticline area
- One representative from statewide or local environmental groups
- One representative from the landowners within or bordering the Pinedale Anticline area
- One representative of livestock operators operating within or bordering the Pinedale Anticline area
- One of two members from the public-at-large
- (One representative from the Sublette County government and one member from the public-at-large have been nominated, but not yet appointed)
3) All members should have demonstrated an ability to analyze and interpret data and information, evaluate proposals, identify problems, and promote the use of collaborative management techniques (such as, long term planning, management across jurisdictional boundaries, data sharing, information exchange, and partnerships), and a knowledge of issues involving oil and gas development activities.
4) The service of the PAWG members shall be as follows:
(a) PAWG members will be appointed to 2-year terms, subject to removal by the Secretary of the Interior. At the discretion of the Secretary of the Interior, members may be reappointed to additional terms.
Individuals, or representatives of groups, who wish to become members of the Pinedale Anticline Working Group should complete and submit the following information to the Pinedale BLM office by May 22, 2006 :
A. Representative Group to be considered for:
B. Nominee’s Full Name:
C. Business Address:
D. Business Phone:
E. Home Address:
F. Home Phone:
H. Qualifications (education including colleges, degrees, major field of study and/or training):
I. Career Highlights (significant related experience, civic and professional activities, elected offices, prior advisory committee experience, or career achievements related to the interest to be represented):
J. Experience in collaborative management techniques, such as long term planning, management across jurisdictional boundaries, data sharing, information exchange and partnerships:
K. Experience in data analysis and interpretation, problem identification and evaluation of proposals:
L. Knowledge of issues involving oil and gas development:
M. Indicate Specific Area of Interest to be Represented from the following:
1. A representative from the State of Wyoming Office of Federal Land Policy,
2. A representative from the Town of Pinedale,
3. A representative from the oil/gas operators active in the Pinedale, Anticline area,
4. A representative from statewide or local environmental groups,
5. A representative from the landowners within or bordering the Pinedale Anticline area,
6. A representative of livestock operators operating within or bordering the Pinedale Anticline area, or
7. A representative from the public-at-large.
N. List any leases, licenses, permits, contracts or claims that you hold which involve lands or resources administered by the BLM:
O. Attach two or three Letters of Reference from interests or organization to be represented
P. Nominated by: Include Nominator’s name, address and telephone number(s).
Q. Date of nomination:
Groups should nominate more than one person and indicate their preferred order of appointment selection. Nominations should be sent to:
Matt Anderson, Pinedale Anticline Working Group and Task Groups Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, Pinedale Field Office, 432 East Mill Street, P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941.
For more information contact Matt Anderson, PAWG Coordinator, BLM, Pinedale Field Office, P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, Wyoming, 82941, or call him at 307-367-5328.