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Release Date: 03/29/11
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Secretary Salazar Announces New Appointments to BLM Resource Advisory Council

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced new appointments of 10 members to Wyoming’s new Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which advises the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues. The RAC is comprised of members with diverse interests and backgrounds.

“The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils exemplify the collaborative approach taken by the BLM in handling public land issues,” said Secretary Salazar. “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 great outdoors.”

The RACs, with citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the BLM carry out its 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 with an interest in public land management, such as conservationists, outdoor recreationists, ranchers, tribal officials, industry, state and local government officials, academics, and others.

BLM Director Bob Abbey said, “RAC members represent a variety of professional backgrounds and perspectives, and together bring a balanced outlook that the BLM needs in managing the public lands for multiple uses.”

“I’m looking forward to working with the Wyoming RAC and hearing the members’ perspectives on the various issues,” said Wyoming State Director Don Simpson.

The BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, is responsible for managing these various uses - such as mineral development, energy production livestock grazing, and outdoor recreation - while conserving the land’s natural, historical, and cultural resources.

Below are the newly appointed members of BLM Wyoming’s RAC.

  • Wyoming Resource Advisory Council Members
    • Marilyn Mackey (federal grazing)
    • Gary Cukjati (developed outdoor recreation)
    • Paul Ulrich (energy and mineral development)
    • Walt Gasson (Environmental organization)
    • Donald Hartley (archaeological and historic)
    • Marshall Dominick (wild horse and burro)
    • Tom Clayson (public-at-large)
    • Christine Aimone (state agency employee)
    • Doug Thompson (elected official)
    • Frederick Botur (public-at-large)

The first meeting for the BLM Wyoming RAC is tentatively planned for June.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 03-29-2011