In August, SITLA and Anadarko advocated creation of an advisory committee to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding potential impacts to deer and elk habitat in the 18,000-acre Bogart Canyon and the 29,000-acre One-Eye Canyon units of the lease.
According to the newly-adopted charter, the SITLA Board of Trustees will appoint a committee comprised of a non-voting chairperson and seven voting members. Specifically, the voting members will include: One SITLA board member; one representative from the Governor’s Office of Energy Development; two representatives from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources; one representative from the SITLA beneficiaries; and two representatives from the sportsmen and hunting communities. The board also instructed SITLA solicit nominations for the board’s consideration and approval.
The charter requires that committee meetings be held approximately six months prior to any planned surface disturbing activities associated with the lease. Anadarko will be invited to attend committee meetings to present information on activities that could affect elk and deer habitat, such as seismic drilling, road construction, timing of activities as related to fawning and calving, location of access, and other disturbances. It is anticipated the advisory committee will hold its first introductory meeting prior to January 31, 2014.
“With the endorsement of the Utah Board of Education, we’re moving forward with the Book Cliffs project,” said SITLA Deputy Director Kim Christy. ”With input from wildlife biologists and hunting groups, along with Anadarko’s strong reputation for stewardship, we believe this project will be a win-win for everyone.”
Also at today’s board meeting, trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Elizabeth Tashijan to the Investment Advisory Committee, which advises the state treasurer on investment of the state permanent funds valued at $1.83 billion. SITLA’s contribution to the permanent funds was just under $100 million this past fiscal year.
Board members also heard from Tim Donaldson, Director of the School Land Trust at the Utah Office of Education. Donaldson discussed the element of risk involved in revenue development and investment. Director Kevin Carter also introduced two new policy recommendations regarding capital expenditures and projects involving lands belonging to more than one beneficiary.