The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests announce the arrival of their new planning and information staff officer, Shane Walker. He joins the GMUG from the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland where he served as the district ranger for the Douglas Ranger District, which under his leadership, was named the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region - 2015 Ranger District of the Year.
Walker has 18 years of public service in the natural resource and environmental fields, working for Fairbanks North Star Borough's Parks and Recreation Department, the Alaska Department of Nature Resources' Office of Project Management and Permitting, the Bureau of Land Management-Alaska, and the Bridger-Teton and Bighorn national forests. He possesses extensive knowledge in oil, gas, land, and mineral development and management, along with a passion for collaborative work, integrity, and honesty.
"I am looking forward to the relationships that will come with this position," said Walker. "One of my priorities will be to encourage open discussion both internally and externally. Coordinating, cooperating, collaborating, and consulting with people for the purpose of conserving our national resources is important."
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.