Front Row (L to R; kneeling, sitting): Tim O’Brien, Bob Anderson, Jim & Theresa Currivan, Ed Shepard, Jerry Magee, Eric Janes, AnnaFaith Jorgensen, Deb Rawhouser, Raul Morales (NV DSD for Resources), Mike Holbert, Beau McClure
Second Row (standing): Walter George, George Lea, Phyllis O’Brien, Judi Hempel, Deanna LeBarron, Elaine Zielinski, Jo Campbell Berreth, Marilyn Livingston, Sylvia Gerber Bruce, Elaine Brong, Dean Bibles, Bonnie Manning, Luis Coppa
Last Two Rows (standing): Butch Hayes, Brian Amme (NV DSD for Minerals), Dwight Hempel, Dwight Fielder, Steve Ellis, Ralph Thomas, Mimi & Dave Stout, John Kwiatkowski, Bob Moore (partially hidden), Janice Kwiatkowski, Henri Bisson, Bill LeBarron, Jane O’Connor, Mat Millenbach, Mike Ferguson, Smokey O’Connor, Larry Larsen, John Fend, Van Manning, Don Simpson, George Stone.
The PLF’s 2019 Annual Meeting was held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada, September 10-13, 2019. This year’s theme was “Sustainable Energy and Minerals Management.” PLF president Ed Shepard kicked off the general session.
- Rep. Mark Amodei, Nevada's 2nd Cong. District
Rep. Mark Amodei (R – NV 2nd Dist.) gave an entertaining presentation addressing personal experiences, funny stories, and topics of interest to PLF members. Having grown up in Nevada and being a member of the United States House of Representatives for eight years, Congressman Amodei clearly recognizes the federal estate in Nevada, how it evolved, and the challenges of addressing natural resource issues and the environment. In particular, Congressman Amodei acknowledged that nearly 20 million acres in Nevada have burned within the past 20 years, which is a large (if not the largest) threat to the Great Basin ecosystem. Regardless of the natural resource a person is interested in, losing 20 million acres becomes a major focus in identifying avenues for minimizing additional loss in the future.
When considering the effect of urban development on natural resources, one can’t help but address the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA), which turned 21 years old this year. SNPLMA was a public lands bill authorizing the sale of approximately 70,000 acres of public land in and around the Las Vegas Valley – one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Despite numerous natural resource issues (e.g. Desert Tortoise), over the life of the Act, approximately 35,000 acres have transferred from public to private ownership using an open transparent process. Other public lands bill in Nevada haven’t been quite as successful. Reality, responsibility, and responsible resource policy always falls somewhere in the middle between the extreme positions taken by some on resource issues.
PLF members are in a unique position of serving as leaders with important experience, lessons learned, and perspectives. Political people come and go but the people who work on and address issues day in and day out are those at the locations (i.e., Field Offices, District Offices, and State Offices). PLF represents a tremendous resource in terms of perspective – what has and hasn’t worked in the past.
When addressing the Department’s proposal to relocate the BLM Headquarters office to Grand Junction, Colorado, Congressman Amodei indicated that “when someone dares to tell me what it is, I’ll be happy to share my thoughts with you”.
Congressman Amodei relayed a story about a trip made to Nevada by Congresswoman Betty McCollum, ranking member of the House Interior Appropriations Committee, who toured the Palomino Valley Wild Horse Adoption facility north of Reno. Later, during a vote to remove the slaughter amendment, Congresswoman McCollum did not ask for a “roll call” vote, which Congressman Amodei indicated was a significant change of protocol in a political driven arena. Congressman Amodei is optimistic there may be some movement in the wild horse and burro program.
With renewed focus on the Intermountain West and its large federally managed natural resources, Congressman Amodei believes there is opportunity to address many resource issues where both sides win.
- Ed Arnett and Carl Erquiaga, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
- David Bobzien, Governor's Office on Energy
- Naomi Duerr, Vice-Mayor of Reno
- Kurt Englehart, representing Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto
- Dwight Fielder, Experienced Services Program
- Annie Huhta, Director, Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, College of Science, University of Nevada-Reno
- Kelly McGowan, Nevada Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
- Jania Moan, The Nature Conservancy
- Rich Perry, Nevada Department of Minerals
- Jon Raby, Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Director
- Sen. Jacky Rosen
- Paul Thomsen, ORMAT
Our field trip was to Coeur Mining’s Rochester Mine. The Rochester mine and associated heap leach facilities is an open pit silver and gold mine, located in Pershing County, Nevada, approximately 13 miles northeast of the city of Lovelock. The Company owns 100% of the Rochester mine through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Coeur Rochester, Inc..The mine consists of the main Rochester deposit and the adjacent Nevada Packard deposit, southwest of the Rochester mine. According to Coeur Mining’s technical report, the Rochester property comprises 16,494 net acres, which encompasses 734 federal unpatented lode claims, appropriating 11,075 net acres of public land; 21 patented lode claims, consisting of 357 acres; and, interests owned in 4,633 gross acres of additional real property and certain rights in and to 269 acres, held either through lease, letter agreement or license; all of which is controlled by Coeur Rochester. View a video overview of the Coeur Rochester site.
We literally had a blast!
Click image to watch short video.
Bar-B-Que, Raffle, Silent Auction, Awards Banquet and “Remembering BLM” Speaker
After our field trip we held our annual Bar-B-Que at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. Our Awards Banquet, Raffle, and Silent Auction was held at the Peppermill Resort, and our guest speaker was Director-at-Large Jim Currivan. Together, we raised $2,190 towards scholarships from the raffle and silent auction. Wayne Elmore and Mike Ferguson were recognized through Lifetime Service Awards, and Ray Brady and George Stone received Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Bar-B-Que dinner at Bartley Ranch Regional Park
BLM photographer Bob Wick autographed stamp books for sale at the Silent Auction
Fearl Parker books for sale at the Silent Auction
AnnaFaith Jorgenson, Mike Ferguson and John Fend
(l-r) Smokey O'Connor, Dean Bibles and Eric Janes
Butch Hayes (l) and Bob Anderson (r)
Our “Remembering BLM” speaker was Jim Currivan. Click on the image to watch his video.