Sheridan, Gillette, Natives to Serve on BLM Council

The Bureau of Land Management has announced new appointments and re-appointments of members to its citizen-based Wyoming Resource Advisory Council, which advises the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues.

A new appointee is Christi Haswell of Sheridan, representing environmental organizations, and a re-appointee is Brenda Schladweiler of Gillette, who represents educators.

The information's coming from a news release issued by the BLM. As an agency of the Interior Department, according to the release, the BLM is responsible for managing the various uses, which include outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, while conserving the land’s natural, historical and cultural resources.

The council, which is made up of 10-15 members with diverse interests and backgrounds who are chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the BLM carry-out its nation-wide stewardship of 245 million acres, which is the largest land portfolio of any federal agency. They meet on a quarterly basis.

In the release, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell welcomed the new members and saluted their commitment to public service. She said their counsel serves the BLM as they work to ensure the health and productivity of America's public lands. She said the council exemplifies the department's collaborative approach to public land issues by working with federal, state, local and tribal governments, as well as leaders from industry and the conservation community.

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