Sherman’s March Back to DNR
Will any Western Slope resident find themselves serving on Governor Ritter’s cabinet? So far it’s been a shutout. Rifle native Russell George will not retain his position of director of Department of Natural Resources as Ritter’s transition team announced that Harris Sherman, who served as head of DNR under Governor Lamm thirty years ago, will succeed George.
Under the Department of Natural Resources are many key divisions, boards and commissions: the Division of Wildlife, State Parks, State Land Board, Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Division of Water Resources, Water Conservation Board and Geological Survey. Naturally, government officials and activists on the West Slope have particular interest in the DNR and many had expressed the desire to have a “local” selected to serve as director.Harris Sherman served as executive director of the Department of Natural Resources from 1975 to 1980 and is currently a senior partner with the law firm of Arnold & Porter, practicing primarily in the areas of natural resources, environment, water, land-use and public-land law. Some of Sherman’s clients have been Summit County and Vail Resorts, which operates Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge and Heavenly.
Sherman is a Denver Water Board commissioner, National Advisory Board member for the Trust for Public Land and is on Denver Regional Air Quality Council. Colorado’s representative to the Western States Water Council since 1975, Sherman has also served as chairman of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission and the Colorado State University Water Resources Research Institute Advisory Committee.
Back when he was director of DNR, Sherman and Gov. Lamm were seriously concerned with the social, economic, and environmental disruptions that oil shale commercialization would bring to the state and so they favored a phased approach to circumvent or mitigate these impacts.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and a law degree from Columbia Law School.
Like this story? Steal it! Feel free to republish it in part or in full, just please give credit to The Colorado Independent and add a link to the original.
SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
On April 21st, thousands of Coloradans and a diverse collection of leaders will come together to celebrate Earth Day with the Sierra Club. Together, Coloradans […]Read More
By now you’ve likely heard about The Denver Post’s multi-page editorial broadside at its hedge-fund owner. This week’s newsletter seeks to explain the local and national repercussions of […]Read More