(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) – The School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) Board of Trustees met in Salt Lake City this week to welcome a new trustee, select members of an advisory committee, and consider a negotiated sale of property to Uintah County.
Scott O. Ruppe of Vernal was sworn in as a new trustee. Ruppe is the Chief Financial Officer of Brady Trucking, and has a background in accounting, finance, and administration for industries, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.
The board also reviewed nominations and formally approved members for the Book Cliffs Wildlife Advisory Committee. Members include Cody Stewart from the Governor’s Office of Energy Development; Ashley Green and Miles Hanberg from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources; Tim Donaldson from the School Land Trust Group with the Utah Office of Education; Tom Bachtell, representing the SITLA Board of Trustees; Byron Bateman from Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife; and Casey Snider from Trout Unlimited. LaVonne Garrison, SITLA Assistant Director of Oil and Gas, will serve as the non-voting chair.
At its meeting last month, the Board of Trustees adopted a charter creating this committee to advise the board on wildlife matters for a portion of the recently approved Book Cliffs lease with Anadarko.
The Board of Trustees conditionally approved the sale of 640 acres of school trust land to Uintah County. The sale of the property, located approximately three miles northeast of Vernal, is subject to the results of a forthcoming appraisal and other disposal criteria.