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PLF 2022 Annual Meeting Tentative Program

Monday, September 19

Travel Day, On-site registration begins

Tuesday, September 20

8:00am – 4:00pm: Board of Directors Meeting (all members are welcome!)

  • Introduce Tamera Breidenbach, Colorado recipient of George Lea scholarship award.
  • Additional agenda items provided by VP, Operations prior to meeting date.
  • Lunch on-your-own.

Wednesday, September 21

8:30am – 4:00pm: Field Tour

  • Field tour of several locations in Grand Junction area to highlight recreational trail use including mountain biking; mixed biking and hiking; mixed motorized and non-motorized with an e-bike demonstration and riding opportunity for tour participants; and a hiking-only location. Box lunches provided.

6:00pm: Barbeque

  • BBQ at the hotel with local speaker, Zebulon Miracle, archeologist and historian, to reflect on the pre-history and history of the Grand Junction area.

Thursday, September 22

Note: Three options will be suggested for those not attending the General Meeting. Maps and information will be provided for each option: Colorado National Monument, wineries in nearby Palisade, and downtown Grand Junction.

8:30am – 4:30pm: General Meeting, On-site registration ends

8:30am: Mary Jo Rugwell, PLF President

  • Welcome
  • About PLF
  • Introduce PLF Executive Committee and Executive Director.
  • Introduce Tamera Breidenbach, Colorado recipient of George Lea Scholarship Award.
  • Introduce Mike Ferguson and Jenna Whitlock to describe the Student Congress program.

9:10am: Anna Stout, Mayor of Grand Junction*

  • Welcome

9:20am: Senator Michael Bennet*

9:30am: Senator John Hickenlooper (Helen Katich, Western CO Regional Director)

9:40am: BLM Director, Tracy Stone-Manning*.

  • Overview of BLM activities and priorities.

10:15am: Break

10:45am: Greg Larson, District Manager, BLM Upper Colorado River District.

  • Overview of programs and priorities, including the development and use of recreational trails on BLM-administered public lands.

11:00am: Steve Jozefczyk, Deputy Director, Grand Junction Economic Partnership.

  • Significance of recreational trails from the standpoint of the local economy.

11:20am: Kathy Hall, former Mesa County Commissioner, BLM Resource Advisory Council (RAC) member, and President of Club 20.

  • Reflections on BLM challenges and accomplishments and access to public lands from the perspective of a former county commissioner, RAC member, and Club 20 member.

12:00pm: Luncheon at the hotel (no speaker)

1:30pm: Panel Discussion – Managing E-bike Use on Non-motorized Trails

  • Don Simpson, PLF VP. Introduction to set the stage for and introduce the four panelists.
  • Jack Placchi, Former BLM, CO Travel and Transportation Specialist. Explain the process for implementing the Secretarial Order to allow e-bikes on certain BLM trails byamending the OHV regulations and designating e-bike use on specific trails or systems.
  • Scott Winans, Secretary, Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA). Position of a local trail organization regarding the use of e-bikes on non-motorized multi-use trails.
  • Craig Grother, Western Colorado Regional Director, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Position of a public land use organization regarding trail development and use, generally.
  • Greg Wolfgang, Grand Junction BLM Field Manager. Explanation of how e-bike use is locally authorized using examples in the Grand Junction Field Office including the public involvement and local manager decision requirements.

3:00pm: Break

3:30pm: Mary Jo Rugwell

  • General Discussion and Q&A

4:30pm: Adjourn


6:00pm – 10:00pm: Banquet and program at the hotel, including:

  • Silent auction
  • Raffle
  • Awards
  • Remembering BLM speaker(s)

Friday, September 23

Wrap-up Board Meeting and Travel

* Invited