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Release Date: 03/26/13
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BLM Announces New Appointments to BLM Resource Advisory Council

Four new members have been appointed to Wyoming’s citizen-based Resource Advisory Council (RAC), which advises the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues.

“I value the advice given to the BLM by citizen-based Resource Advisory Councils," said BLM Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze. “The people who use and enjoy BLM-managed lands deserve a formal voice on public land issues, and their input enhances our agency’s ability to administer and conserve these lands for current and future generations of Americans." 

The RAC, composed of 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 29 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, state and local government officials, academics, and others.

Below are the newly appointed members of Wyoming’s RAC:
John Corra (energy and mineral development)
Don Hartley (archaeology and historic)
Brenda Schladweiler (elected official)
Doug Thompson (elected official)

Current RAC members include:
Marilyn Mackey (federal grazing)
Walt Gasson (environmental organization)
Tom Clayson (public-at-large)
Penny Bellah (energy and mineral development)
Marshall Dominick (wild horse and burro)
Kevin Stowe (public-at-large)

Calls for nominations to the council will go out each year in November.

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.

Last updated: 03-26-2013