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PLF’s 2017 Annual Meeting was held in Salt Lake City, Utah between September 12-15, 2017.

The theme of the meeting was “Urban Interface with Public Lands.” The meeting included a field trip conducted by the Bureau of Land Management’s Utah West Desert District Office and Salt Lake Field Office, and a general session with seven speakers. In addition, PLF held its traditional banquet dinner and awards ceremony. The Board of Directors also conducted its business meeting during the week.

Images from the general meeting appear below. Click here to view the field trip images.

Thank You BLM Utah!
PLF Utah State Representative Bill Lamb presents Certificates of Appreciation to BLM Salt Lake Field Office staff who assisted with our field trip. L to R: Hannah Cowan, Glenn Stelter, Mike Sheehan, PLF’s Bill Lamb, and Roxanne Tea. Not pictured: Camm Stephenson, Tamsen Johnson, Mat Preston, and Kevin Oliver.

 

Participants

Front Row (L to R): Jean Fend, Kate Gille, Maggie Wyatt, Kaitlyn Williams.
Second Row (L to R): Bob Conquergood, Beau McClure, Mackenzie Case, Wayne Winterton, Smokey O’Connor, Jane O’Connor, Bill LeBarron, Jeff Holdren, Mike Ferguson.
Third Row (L to R): Chris Gardner, Tom Allen, Elaine Zielinski, Arlene Mari, Timothy O’Brien, Dick Manus, Sylvia Gerber Bruce, Jo Berreth, Sharon Wilson, Ray Brady, Shailaja Brady, Deanna LeBarron, George Lea, Van Manning, Dean Bibles, Tom Adams.
Back Row (L to R): Bill Lamb, Dayne Barron, Janice Kwiatkowski, John Kwiatkowski, Dave Mari, Geoff Middaugh, Debbie Middaugh, Phyllis O’Brien, John Fend, Hank Noldan, Rosemary Thomas, Bob Moore, Ed Roberson, Don Simpson, Jesse Juen, George Stone.

PLF Board of Directors

Front row: Bill Lamb, George Lea, Rosie Thomas, Beau McClure, Tim O’Brien.

Second row: Maggie Wyatt, Elaine Zielinski, Glen Collins, Tom Allen, Mike Ferguson.

Back row: George Stone, Bill LeBarron, Dave Mari, Van Manning, Sharon Wilson, Geoff Middaugh, Don Simpson, John Kwiatkowski, John Fend, Jesse Juen.

General Session Speakers

PLF President Jesse Juen kicks off the meeting
Acting BLM Director Mike Nedd gave an overview of BLM activities and priorities
BLM Utah State Director Ed Roberson provided an overview of BLM in Utah and an introduction to Urban Interface and Public Lands
Mike Styler, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, gave an overview of the Department and examples of several on-the-ground projects
Pat Shea, attorney and former BLM Director gave his perspective on current public lands issues
Dayne Barron, BLM Southwest Oregon Forest Resiliency Advisor, provided an update on the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

 

Mayor Sheldon Wimmer of Alpine City, Utah and a former employee of both BLM and the U.S. Forest Service gave his insights on urban interface issues

 

Tom Adams, Director of the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation within the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, discussed the impacts of increase recreation activities on public lands

 

Banquet, Raffle and Silent Auction

Bidders review items for auction and place their bids
Volunteers work the registration desk

 

Raffle is underway!
Bill Lamb introduces our Remembering BLM speaker Dean Bibles
Dean Bibles reminisces over parts of his BLM career

PLF Awards

PLF President Jesse Juen (l) presents a Lifetime Service Award to Ray Brady (r)
PLF President Jesse Juen (l) presents a Lifetime Service Award to Jeff Holdren (r)
PLF Secretary Geoff Middaugh (l) is recognized by PLF President Jesse Juen as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Awardee