Southwest District Sub-RAC


In September 2022, the BLM Southwest Resource Advisory Council (RAC) voted to create a sub-committee to gather information and engage in robust discussion in order to provide a recommendation to the full RAC on domestic sheep grazing permit renewals in bighorn sheep habitat.

The Southwest RAC represents a number of critical stakeholders in the area, including county commissioners, grazing permittees, and mining, recreation, and environmental interests. The Sheep Grazing Sub-Committee brought together members serving in an advisory capacity on issues related to domestic sheep grazing in bighorn sheep habitat managed by the BLM Gunnison Field Office on high alpine allotments near Silverton, Colorado.

Sub-Committee Meetings
The sub-committee held six meetings at the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office in Montrose, Colorado between March and September 2023, with a virtual Zoom option available for those unable to attend in person. Each meeting took a deep dive into a particular component of the sheep grazing issue.

The sub-committee presented their conclusions and recommendations to the full Southwest RAC for their consideration at the October 2023 meeting in Gunnison.

PowerPoint Presentation Slides: Sheep Grazing Sub-Committee Recommendation

Sub-Committee Members
Thank you to the five sub-committee members who devoted considerable time and energy to considering and seeking consensus on recommendations for this complex issue:

  • Steve Garchar - Category 3
  • Jim Haugsness - Category 2
  • Jon Holst - Category 2
  • Mark Roeber - Category 1
  • Matt Thorpe - Category 3
Bighorn and domestic sheep share high altitude grazing allotment near Silverton, Colorado.


MARCH 14 - Framing the Issue: Agenda Minutes

APRIL 5 - Legal Framework: Agenda Minutes

MAY 9 - Economics: Agenda Minutes

JUNE 13 - Mitigation Opportunities: Agenda Minutes

JULY 18 - Public Outreach & Tools: Agenda Minutes

AUGUST 15 - Conclusion & Next Steps: Agenda Minutes

The sub-committee presented its recommendations to the full RAC at their October 11 meeting.


Sheep Grazing Sub-Committee Recommendation (October 2023)

Meeting materials are posted on the ePlanning project website for the Gunnison Field Office Sheep Grazing EIS:


D. Maggie Magee

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