John Day-Snake RAC

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The John Day-Snake Resource Advisory Council (RAC) provides advice and recommendations on all aspects of public land management to the Bureau of Land Management's Prineville and Vale District Offices and the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman, Malheur, and Ochoco National Forests. Recent topics have included management options for off-highway recreation, planning for the John Day River Basin, and noxious weed control.

The John Day-Snake RAC meets quarterly at various communities within the RAC's boundary, generally for two days. The RAC schedules occasional field tours for specific projects or issues on their agenda. All RAC meetings are open to the public, and each meeting includes time for the public to present or comment on issues for RAC consideration. Among the issues regularly discussed are land management plans, including those related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), recreation fees, and land restoration associated with wildfires.

Meeting minutes retained by the Designated Federal Official (DFO) after each meeting are posted on this website after their approval. The DFO role rotates between the Prineville and Vale District Managers every two years.

The Secretary of the Interior appoints citizens to staggered three-year terms on the Council, so one-third of the member terms expire yearly. Each spring, the BLM encourages Oregon residents to apply, or nominate others to apply, for open positions they would like to represent.

Membership on the 15-member RAC is balanced to reflect the array of interests and users of Public Lands:

  • Five members represent commodity interests such as grazing permittees, commercial timber, energy and mining, developed recreation and/or off-highway vehicle groups, and transportation & rights-of-way.
  • Five members represent conservation interests such as environmental organizations, historic & cultural interests, conservation, and dispersed recreation.
  • Five members represent community interests such as elected officials, Indian Tribes, State resource agencies, academicians involved in natural sciences, and the public-at-large.


Member Interest Term Start Term End
Sheppard, Mia Category 1: Outdoor Recreation 2022-05-18 2025-05-18
Burleigh, Glenn Category 1: Commercial Timber 2016-10-17 2027-05-22
Hartenstein, Andrew Category 1: Agriculture / Ranching 2024-05-22 2027-05-22
Koppert, Susan Category 1: Energy/Minerals 2022-05-18 2025-05-18
Sykes, Brian Category 1: Commercial Recreation 2015-11-20 2025-05-18
Fleischmann, Mary Category 2: Environmental Interests 2022-05-18 2025-05-18
White, Shay (Chair) Category 2: Environmental Interests 2023-11-03 2026-11-03
Reiss, James Category 2: Dispersed Recreation 2018-07-06 2024-10-12
Nelson, Laurel Category 2: Dispersed Recreation 2015-11-20 2024-10-12
Lent, Steven Category 2: Archeological/Historical 2023-05-24 2026-05-24
Brummer, Jerry Category 3: Elected Official 2018-07-06 2024-10-12
Drever Gee, Terry Category 3: Public-at-Large 2023-05-24 2026-05-24
Hendrickson, Cole Category 3: State Agency 2024-05-22 2027-05-22
Mottl, Henry Category 3: Public-at-Large 2022-05-18 2025-05-18
Jackle, Greg Category 3: State Agency 2014-11-12 2024-10-12


BLM announces John Day-Snake Resource Advisory Council meeting

The John Day-Snake Resource Advisory Council will meet Thursday and Friday, June 6-7, 2024, in Baker City, Ore. For meeting details, please contact Larisa Bogardus at 541-523-1407 or

Meeting Minutes

Past Minutes

Meeting Agendas

Past Agendas

RAC Materials

RAC Contact

Larisa Bogardus
3100 H St.
Baker City, OR 97814

Apply for this RAC!

The nomination period is CLOSED. Please contact the RAC coordinator with questions.

Please email or physically mail your application to the RAC contact listed above. A complete application package includes:

  • The application, which must be printed and signed with a pen.
  • At least one letter of support
  • Resume (optional)