East Side of the Steens

Harney County, Oregon

Natural Resource Advisory Council

Natural Resource Advisory Committee

The National Resource Advisory Committee (NRAC) advises the court on the needs and priorities of the county’s natural resources; provides substantial comments for the National Environmental Policy Act process; and works through implementation of the county’s land use plan.

The committee consists of a maximum of nine members who must live in Harney County and identify two areas of interest from the following selection:

  • agriculture and livestock production;
  • timber and wood products production;
  • recreation;
  • hunting and fishing;
  • the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center;
  • cultural resources; and
  • natural resources stewardship through the continuation of the customs, culture, health, safety, and economic stability of Harney County.

Committee meetings are open to the public, and representatives from public land agencies are encouraged to attend and answer questions.

NRAC Advisory Committee Members:

Name Position Term
Keith Baltzor, Vice Chair Ag, Forest, BLM, Timber 2023-2024
Bruce Rickman Recreation, OHA 2023-2024
Cam Swisher Range 2023-2024
Merle Reid Recreation, OHA 2023-2024
Jesse Svejcar, Chair Fire, Range 2022-2023
Tom Sharp Forestry 2023-2024
Russ Clark Livestock, Producer 2022-2023
Nick Schott Ag, Livestock 2022-2023
Chad Boyd Ag Research Center, All Areas 2022-2023
David Bohnert Ag Research Center, All Areas 2022-2023
Kristen Shelman Harney County Court Rep.


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