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Wyoming RAC

The BLM Wyoming Resource Advisory Council (RAC) has 10 members and provides advice and recommendations to the BLM on resource and land management issues.

Wyoming RAC

BLM Wyoming RAC members tour the Wyo-Ben Lucerne Bentonite Plant in March 2014.
BLM Wyoming RAC
members tour the
Wyo-Ben Lucerne
Bentonite Plant in
March 2014.

The BLM Wyoming Resource Advisory Council (RAC) is a statewide advisory council, which provides advice and recommendations to the BLM on resource and land management issues for approximately 17 million acres of federal surface and 38 million acres of subsurface mineral estate in Wyoming.

The purpose of the Resource Advisory Council is to enable Wyoming citizens to have a meaningful say in how public lands are managed. RAC members are selected for their ability to provide informed, objective advice on a variety of public land issues, and their commitment to collaboration in seeking solutions to those issues.

The Council members are appointed to serve 3-year terms on a staggered basis. This means that one-third of the Council is subject to appointment or reappointment each year.

The RAC began meeting in 2011. Members serve without salary, but may be reimbursed for travel expenses.

The BLM Wyoming RAC is currently accepting nominations until June 13, 2019, for seven vacancies on the council.

The vacancies are included in the following categories. In addition, at least one of the vacancies must be filled by a publicly-elected official.

  • Category 1: 1 vacancy 
  • Category 2: 2 vacancies
  • Category 3: 2 vacancies

Applicants may be self-nominated. For copies of the RAC application materials, please visit the national RAC Application page. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of recommendation. Visit the national RAC Application page for more information on nomination criteria. Completed nominations for the BLM Wyoming RAC may be sent to Brad Purdy, BLM Wyoming Public Affairs Specialist, via email at, or by mail to:

BLM Wyoming State Office
C/O Emmet Pruss
5353 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, WY 82009 

If you or someone you know would like information about serving on the council, contact BLM Wyoming at 307-775-6328 or 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne WY 82009.


RAC Members

NameCategory of InterestCityTerm Expires
Jennifer Leinonen1: Energy & MineralsCasperMarch 2022
Jim Wilson1: Federal Grazing PermitteeThermopolisMarch 2022
Christi Haswell2: EnvironmentalSheridanOctober 2022
Ronald Surdam3: AcademicanJacksonMarch 2022
Brenda Schladweiler3: AcademicanGiletteOctober 2022


RAC Meeting Notes

Upcoming Meetings

Wyoming RAC Press Center

Contact Information

Brad Purdy

Number: 307-775-6328


Wyoming RAC Openings

BLM Wyoming currently has several vacancies on the RAC.