SOUTHEAST OREGON RAC

Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council

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The Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC) provides advice and recommendations on all aspects of public land management to the BLM's Burns and Vale District Offices, and the Lakeview Field Office. Recent topics have included management options for off-highway recreation, sage-grouse habitat, and noxious-weed control.

The Southeast Oregon RAC meets quarterly at various communities within the RAC's boundary, generally for two days. The RAC schedules 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 Burns, Lakeview, 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.

Membership

Member Interest Term Start Date Term End Date

Kirsi Teufel

Category 1: Grazing Permits / Leases

2020-09-09

2023-09-09

Mark Doverspike

Category 1: Grazing Permits / Leases

2020-09-09

2023-09-09

Kenneth Poole

Category 1: Energy & Mineral Development

2022-04-28

2025-04-28

VACANT

 

 

 

Thomas O'Leary

Category 1: Agriculture/Ranching

2022-04-28

2025-04-28

Mary Jo Hedrick

Category 2: Environmental Organizations

2022-04-28

2025-04-28

VACANT

Category 2: Environmental Organizations

2019-05-07

2022-05-07

Timothy Davis

Category 2: Environmental Organizations

2022-01-19

2025-01-18

VACANT

Category 2: Archaeological & Historical Interests

2017-01-04

2020-01-04

Michael O'Casey

Category 2: Dispersed Recreation

2022-04-28

2025-04-28

VACANT

Category 3: Elected official

2020-09-09

2023-09-09

Thomas Batty

Category 3: Public-at-Large

2022-04-28

2025-04-28

Stanley Shepardson

Category 3: Public-at-large

2022-01-19

2025-01-18

VACANT

 

 

 

Philip Milburn

Category 3: State Agency Representative

2022-01-19

2025-01-18

Meetings

Next meeting will be Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 19-20, 2022 in John Day, Ore. Please contact Larisa Bogardus at 541-523-1407 or lbogardus@blm.gov for meeting links.

Meeting Minutes

Past Minutes

Meeting Agendas

Past Agendas

RAC Materials

RAC Contact

Larisa Bogardus 
Phone: 541-219-6863
Email: lbogardus@blm.gov

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