Pitkin County Press Releases

Posted on: February 2, 2016

County Commissioner Appointed to Statewide Public Lands Council

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The Bureau of Land Management announced new appointments to its citizen-based Northwest Resource Advisory Council (RAC) this week and Pitkin County Commissioner, George Newman is among the appointees. The RAC, composed to members with diverse interests and backgrounds, advises the BLM on public land issues.

“I am excited about representing Pitkin County and the Roaring Fork Valley on the BLM NW RAC. The challenge is always balancing the uses of these public lands while understanding and managing their unique ecosystems. I look forward to these discussions and recommendations to the BLM and Secretary of the Interior,” said Pitkin County Commissioner, George Newman.

The RACs include citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues. They help the BLM carry out its nation-wide 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 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.

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

"By working with federal, state, local and tribal governments, as well as leaders from the industry and conservation communities, the BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils exemplify the collaborative approach taken by the Department in handling public land issues,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. “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 public lands.”

Below are the newly appointed members of the Northwest RAC, which will meet on April 25-27 in Glenwood Springs.

• David Ludlam, Category 1 appointment (energy and minerals development)
• Lori Buck, Category 1 appointment (developed outdoor recreation and commercial recreation)
• Mike Pritchard, Category 2 appointment (dispersed recreation)
• Connor Coleman, Category 2 appointment (environmental organizations)
• George Newman, Category 3 appointment (elected official)

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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.

Contact: George Newman 970-618-9972

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