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Release Date: 10/20/09
Contacts: David Boyd, 970-876-9008    
  Kent E. Walter, 970-878-3802    

Members sought for White River RMP advisory group

MEEKER, Colo.—The Bureau of Land Management in Meeker and the Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council are seeking additional members of the public interested in serving on an advisory group for the White River Field Office Resource Management Plan Amendment.

Participants will serve as a subgroup under the Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council (RAC). The Northwest Colorado RAC formed a subgroup for the White River Plan Amendment in October, 2007, and is seeking to diversify its membership. Members should have specific knowledge of the 2.6-million acre White River Field Office in northwestern Colorado and be willing to attend meetings in Meeker this fall, winter and spring.

The subgroup will provide feedback to the Northwest RAC about the formulation of the Field Office’s Resource Management Plan Amendment, which is addressing an anticipated increase in oil and gas activity within the boundaries of the Field Office. This Plan Amendment will also include a Resource Management and Monitoring Protocol.  Currently the Field Office is in the impacts analysis stage, and a Draft plan is expected in January 2011.

Membership on the subgroup is being sought for the Northwest RAC's three general categories:  Category 1 members represent commercial interests or users such as livestock grazing, timber, mining, oil and gas, realty and rights-of-ways, off-highway vehicle groups, and guides and outfitters. Category 2 members represent environmental organizations, archaeology/historical interests, wildlife organizations, wild horse and burros, and dispersed/general recreation. Category 3 members represent state or other governmental agencies, Tribes, academic institutions, and the public-at-large.

The Northwest Colorado RAC is one of three advisory councils to BLM Colorado. Composed of 15 members appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, individuals serving in each RAC represent a broad range of public land interests, including environmental, local government, and commercial activity. The Northwest RAC advises the BLM’s Grand Junction, White River, Little Snake, Kremmling and Glenwood Springs field offices.

Please submit a letter of interest to the Bureau of Land Management, 220 East Market Street, Meeker, Colorado 81641 by Oct. 30, 2009. For additional information, call Kent Walter, Field Manager, (970) 878-3800.

For more information on Colorado RACs, go to

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. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

  220 East Market Street      Meeker, Colorado 81641   

Last updated: 10-20-2009