11 Sep 2009, 11:58pm
Politics and politicians
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Harris Sherman Nominated As Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment

USDA Press Office Release No. 0432.09 09/10/2009 [here]


WASHINGTON, September 10, 2009 - President Barack Obama today announced his intent to nominate Harris Sherman as Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sherman will serve with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

“For decades, Harris Sherman has been dedicated to conserving and improving the environment in Colorado and beyond,” said Vilsack. “It would be a privilege to have a public servant like Harris join the USDA leadership team to help carry out President Obama’s vision for protecting the natural resources we need for a healthy and prosperous America.”

The Natural Resources and Environment mission of USDA includes the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which are the United States’ primary public and private lands agencies charged with conserving, maintaining and improving natural resources. President Obama and Secretary Vilsack have charged this mission area with the restoration, conservation, and management of America’s forests and private working lands in order to make them more resilient to climate change and ecologically sustainable for current and future generations.

Sherman is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and a member of Governor Ritter’s Cabinet. As Director, he oversees Colorado’s energy, water, wildlife, parks, forestry, and state lands programs. He also serves as the Director of Compact Negotiations for the Colorado Interbasin Compact Commission, Chairman of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and Co-chair of the Governor’s Forest Health Advisory Council.

Sherman has also served on a wide variety of public and private agencies and organizations. He has been Chairman of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission, Chair of the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board, and Chair of the Denver Regional Air Quality Council. He has served as a Commissioner of Mines, as a Commissioner of the Denver Water Board, and as a Trustee of Colorado College. For several decades, Sherman has been active in land conservation efforts with the Nature Conservancy, Colorado Open Lands, and the Trust for Public Land.

Sherman received his B.A. degree from Colorado College and his law degree from Columbia University Law School.


12 Sep 2009, 9:50am
by Larry H.

One thing that really jumps out at me!

“…Chairman of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission…”

THAT’S gonna make those eco’s skin crawl! I can already see comparisons to Mark Rey on the horizon. At least they want a guy who knows all-too-much about the forest mortality of the West!

12 Sep 2009, 1:25pm
by Forrest Grump

He’s not real popular with Western Slope producers. Loyal Democrat spender, FEC shows 28 grand to Lamm, Kerry, Clark, Salazar, Udall, Markey. So this is a patronage job. He won’t do USFS any good.

12 Sep 2009, 3:45pm
by admin

Nope. Not a forestry person. No background in the real issues that face the USFS today. No chance of educating Congress about those issues, since Sherman is not up to speed on them. A career lobbyist, bureaucrat, and board sitter. A lawyer. A figure head. Pretty pathetic appointment, 9 months into the Obama Admin, second choice, same old same old, trapped in the past, Clinton redux. For a guy who campaigned on “change”, Obama sure hasn’t delivered.

13 Sep 2009, 3:45pm
by Forrest Grump

One thing more…being on the boards of all those land trusts means his only expertise will be “partnerships” in which the public overpays for lots more pounded-off REIT land. For the children, of course.



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