All About White Peak and State Trust Land Guest Speaker: Ray Powell, State Land Commissioner
Ray will discuss the status of public land in the White Peak area and will address public concerns about access for hunters to state trust land. Bring your questions!
Since returning to the helm of Land Commissioner in January, Commissioner Powell and the employees at the State Land Office have worked hard to implement the January 2011 Supreme Court Ruling to reclaim ownership of White Peak as State Trust Land, expressing a commitment to re-establishing public access for recreation and hunting opportunities to this unique and beautiful public land.
Ray is a native New Mexican and attended Albuquerque Public Schools. He received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology and biology and a master’s degree in botany and plant ecology from the University of New Mexico, and went on to earn a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University in 1985, with an emphasis in wildlife rehabilitation.
He has served as the president and vice president of the 22-member Western States Land Commissioners Association from 1996-1998. In this role, he worked closely with federal cabinet members, governors, members of congress, and tribal leaders to improve public policy on trust lands nationwide. Ray served as the chairman of the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Regulation and Licensing from 2003-2005 and is currently the vice chairman.