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GYCC To Hold Public Meeting November 15

Federal land officials in the Greater Yellowstone Area are inviting the public to attend the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee meeting Tuesday, November 15.

According to a Yellowstone press release, the meeting will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Cody Public Library in Cody, Wyoming. Managers will discuss their work in the GYA and discuss “the joint challenges of managing these shared landscapes” between federal agencies and public stakeholders.

The GYCC includes federal land managers from all lands in the GYA, including national parks, national forests, national wildlife refugees, and the Bureau of Land Management’s National System of Public Lands. In sum, they manage 15 million acres of lands. From the press release:

The public can meet the federal land managers who make up the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee (GYCC), get updates from its working groups, and hear a presentation from guest speaker Arthur Middleton of the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Middleton will talk about the critical role that elk and other ungulate migrations play in sustaining the ecosystem and local economies. He will also show how photography and mapping are helping to tell the story of these migrations. This work is on display in Cody in the Invisible Boundaries exhibit at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

The GYCC has a new executive coordinator who will facilitate the meeting in Cody next week. David Diamond was selected to coordinate the GYCC Executive Managers and the ten GYCC Subcommittees. Mr. Diamond brings a wealth of skills gained through more than 15 years of federal service with the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

As a Presidential Management Fellow, Mr. Diamond served in the Secretary of the Interior’s office in Washington D.C. and the Idaho State Office of the BLM. In the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office of FWS, he brought together diverse partners, including federal and state agencies, tribes, farmers, ranchers, and NGOs to solve complex natural resource issues in the Klamath River basin in Oregon and California. And, in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Operations at NOAA he provided senior leaders with alternatives and evidence to support sound decision-making.

Mr. Diamond received his masters degrees in public administration and environmental science at the School for Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. He received his bachelors degree in history and environmental science from the University of Virginia. “We are fortunate to have David facilitate the GYCC because of his deep experience in federal land management,” said Superintendent Wenk. “He will bring a renewed emphasis on creative problem solving and community involvement in the Greater Yellowstone region,” added Bureau of Land Management Western Montana District Manager Richard “Rick” Hotaling, GYCC Chair.

For more information on the meeting, you can visit the GYCC’s website.

About Sean Reichard

Sean Reichard is the editor of Yellowstone Insider and author of Yellowstone Insider For Families 2017.

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