Grand Junction, Colo. --- The Bureau of Land Management announced new appointments of members to its citizen-based Northwest Resource Advisory Council, which advises the BLM on public land issues. The RACs are composed of members with diverse interests and backgrounds.
"By working with federal, state, local and tribal governments, as well as leaders from the industry and conservation communities, the BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils exemplify the collaborative approach taken by the Department in handling public land issues,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. “I want to welcome our newly appointed RAC members and salute them for their commitment to public service. Their counsel will serve the BLM well as the agency works to ensure the health and productivity of America’s public lands.”
The RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the BLM carry out its nation-wide stewardship of 245 million acres – the largest land portfolio of any federal agency. The BLM has established 28 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located.
Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members who represent stakeholder interests in public land management, such as conservationists, outdoor recreationists, ranchers, industry officials, tribal leaders, state and local government officers, academics, and others.
The BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, is responsible for managing these various uses – such as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production – while conserving the land’s natural, historical, and cultural resources.
Below are the newly appointed members of the Northwest RAC, which will meet on April 25-27 in Glenwood Springs.
- David Ludlam, Category 1 appointment (energy and minerals development)
- Lori Buck, Category 1 appointment (developed outdoor recreation and commercial recreation)
- Mike Pritchard, Category 2 appointment (dispersed recreation)
- Connor Coleman, Category 2 appointment (environmental organizations)
- George Newman, Category 3 appointment (elected official)