U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
|Release Date: 07/01/11|
BLM Wyoming Holds Initial Resource Advisory Council Meeting
The first meeting of the recently appointed Bureau of Land Management Wyoming Resource Advisory Council (RAC) was held in Cheyenne, June 30 and
The RAC received an overview of the work being done by the BLM throughout the state and discussed the sage-grouse conservation efforts in the state. Plans were made for the topics to be addressed by the RAC, and officers were elected. Paul Ulrich was elected chairman and Freddie Botur, vice-chairman.
According to Vice-Chairman Botur, “I applaud the BLM for putting together this council to serve as a sounding board for emerging BLM issues in Wyoming. I look forward to providing advice and recommendations to the BLM on a wide variety of natural resource topics.”
“BLM managers listen closely to advice and recommendations presented by the citizen-based RAC,” said State Director Don Simpson. “We had a productive start to what I see as an ongoing positive working relationship.”
The RAC represents a broad range of constituents who are interested in the management of public lands and natural resources. Members participate in a two-way communication forum, bringing constituent issues to the BLM, and sharing BLM issues and perspectives with their constituents.
Wyoming Resource Advisory Council Members and their area of representation are: Marilyn Mackey - federal grazing, Gary Cukjati - developed outdoor recreation, Paul Ulrich - energy and mineral development, Walt Gasson - environmental organization, Donald Hartley - archaeological and historic, Marshall Dominick - wild horse and burro, Tom Clayson - public-at-large, Christine Aimone - state agency employee, Doug Thompson - elected official and Freddie Botur - public-at-large.
The next meeting for the BLM Wyoming RAC is tentatively planned for October 12-13 in Pinedale.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Wyoming State Office 5353 Yellowstone Road Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009
|Last updated: 07-01-2011|
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