Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently announced the appointment of two area residents to the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council.
"By working with federal, state, local and tribal governments, as well as leaders from industry and the conservation community, the BLM's Advisory Councils exemplify the department's collaborative approach to public land issues," Jewell said.
The council consists of 10 members who will serve three-year terms advising the BLM on the development of a long-range management plan for the Dominguez-Escalante NCA. Craig Grother, a wildlife biologist from Norwood, is new to the council, and Delta County Commissioner Doug Atchley from Delta was reappointed for a second term.
The council meets one to four times per year. Dates, times and locations of all meetings are posted on the BLM Dominguez-Escalante NCA website at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/denca.html.
Encompassing more than 210,000 acres of BLM-administered public lands, the Dominguez-Escalante NCA and Dominguez Canyon Wilderness were designated by Congress in the 2009 Omnibus Public Lands Management Act.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.