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Release Date: 09/02/11
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    

Public Lands Foundation Holds Annual Meeting in Casper

The Public Lands Foundation (PLF) is holding its annual meeting in Casper, Wyo. on Sept. 9, 2011. The theme for this year’s meeting is: "Trails: Resources, Impacts and Usage."

The Foundation is a national organization that advocates keeping America’s Public Lands – namely, those administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – in public hands and sustainably managed for the public’s common use and enjoyment through professional, science-based education and advocacy.

“The BLM is one of America’s leading managers of National Scenic and Historic Trails,” said Foundation President Henri Bisson. “This meeting will help participants better understand the National Trails System and the BLM’s responsibilities for managing it.”

Gary Werner, Executive Director, Partnership for the National Trails System, will be the featured Keynote speaker. He will talk about “The National Trails System—An Experiment in Collaborative Stewardship of Our Public Heritage.”

Ed Roberson, BLM Assistant Director for Resources, Washington D.C., will bring participants up to date on BLM priorities during the Friday morning session. Don Simpson, BLM State Director for Wyoming, will provide Wyoming BLM highlights. The Friday session also will include presentations by Richard E. Turley, Jr., Assistant Church Historian and Recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaking on the “Benefits and Impacts of Mormon Youth Handcart Treks on Public Lands.”

Bill Gibson, BLM National Trails Lead for Arizona, will address the “BLM National Scenic and Historic Trails Program—Then and Now.” Steve Burns Chavez, Landscape Architect, National Park Service, Santa Fe, New Mexico, will describe the “NPS National Trails Intermountain Region and National Historic Trails: Who We Are and What We Do.” Tom Rea, President, Wyoming Chapter, Oregon-California Trail Association, and Michael Fraley, Partner, Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, LLC, will address trails, wind energy developments and rights-of-way. Eve Bennett, BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner, will talk about “The National Trails System: A new Journey for America’s Youth.”

The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the Ramada Plaza Riverside, in Casper. The public is invited to attend.

For registration information or for more information on the Public Lands Foundation visit or contact Beau McClure at

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: 09-02-2011