The Bureau of Land Management has announced appointments of members to its citizen-based Southwest Resource Advisory Council, which advises the agency on public land management issues in Colorado. The Southwest RAC is composed of members with diverse interests and backgrounds.
Mark Roeber, Delta County commissioner and Paonia rancher, will represent federal grazing permits or leases; Kathy Welt of Hotchkiss will represent energy and mineral development.
Other newly appointed or re-appointed members of the Southwest Resource Advisory Council include:
• Lori Buck of Fruita is appointed to represent outdoor recreation.
• John Justman of Fruita is appointed to represent Mesa County.
• Joseph Neuhof of Grand Junction is appointed to represent dispersed recreation.
• John Potter of Loma is appointed to represent off-highway vehicle users.
• Tif Rodriquez of Mancos is appointed to represent wild horse and burro interest groups.
• Ernie Williams of Dove Creek is appointed to represent Dolores County.
• Christi Zeller of Durango is appointed to represent interests of the public.
The BLM has established 29 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. 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.
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.
For more information about the Southwest Resource Advisory Council, go to https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/colorado/southwest-rac.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.