Blue Ridge Committee for Shenandoah National Park Relations

Purpose and Typical Duties

The purpose of the Blue Ridge Committee for Shenandoah Park Relations (Committee) is to provide a two-way conduit for information. Park management decisions today impact surrounding counties much as the original land acquisitions did in the 1930s. These include wildlife management practices, law enforcement, cross promotion of tourism, and potential expansion. Likewise, decisions on the County level can have significant impact on the Park, especially land use issues.

By establishing this Committee, the Counties can consider issues related to the Park in a comprehensive and informed manner and, when consensus is reached, communicate with one voice to Park management. Park management can have an ongoing and regular dialogue with its neighbors. Legislators can avail themselves of this opportunity to keep current on the issues which impact a large number of constituents and vast land area.

Length of Term

1 Year 

Term Limitations

There are no limits on the number of terms a member may serve.

Number of Members

3 Members

Meeting Time and Place

Meetings are held at Big Meadows Lodge two times a year. 

Member Qualification

A representative from eight Counties adjacent to the Park (Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Warren, Rappahannock, Madison, Greene, and Albemarle).



Appointment Process

Members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors.




Name:Appointment Expires:Email:
Bruce Bowman12/31/2023Email Bruce Bowman
James Ballard (Alternate)12/31/2023Email James Ballard
Carty Yowell (Alternate)12/31/2023Email Carty Yowell