The State Board of Land Commissioners is a five person citizen group with expertise in education, agriculture, local government and natural resources, plus one citizen-at-large commissioner.   Appointed by the Governor and approved by the Colorado Senate, board members serve four year terms, with no more than three members from one political party.


Buck Blessing, Board Vice-Chair/Citizen-at-Large: Buck founded Griffis/Blessing, Inc., a real estate investment and management firm, in Colorado Springs in 1985. Buck is active in the Colorado community and is a Director of UMB Bank and a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Some of his past involvement includes Chairman of the Colorado Real Estate Commission, Chairman of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Chairman of of the Pikes Peak Region Better Business Bureau, President of the Downtown Partnership, Chairman of the Community Development Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Colorado College Business and Community Alliance. Other recognitions include: Chamber of Commerce "Small Business Person of the Year," and Colorado Business Journal's 'Colorado Climbers' recognizing "40 New Leaders 40 and Under." He was selected to serve on the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners starting in August 2009. Term Expires: 2017


Barbara Bynum, Education:  Barbara is a mom, wife, volunteer, substitute teacher, and public school and recreation advocate who lives with her family in Montrose.  Passionate about health and wellness issues and community engagement, Barbara serves on the boards of the Montrose Recreation District, Montrose Education Foundation, and the Montrose Academic Booster Club.  She formerly served as a board member for the Montrose County School District and the Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club.  In 2014, she led a successful campaign to pass a city tax increase to fund a community recreation center in Montrose and also received the Community Service Award from the Montrose Community Foundation. Barbara previously worked in admissions at the University of Colorado and Occidental College, and earned a degree in Art History from Occidental College.  She enjoys mountain adventures, especially skiing, with her family.  Term Expires:  2019.

gary butterworth 

Gary Butterworth, Board President / Natural Resources: Gary is a senior vice president at El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs, and oversees operations of the Penrose House Nonprofit Conference and Education Center in addition to directing El Pomar's Fellowship Program, a post-undergraduate leadership and professional development program. Having recently served as chair of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission during the merger of State Parks and the Division of Wildlife, Gary has extensive experience in working with key stakeholders and citizens on challenging land management issues.  He has also been very involved with several statewide and civic organizations, such as Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc., the Colorado Springs World Arena, and the Air Force Academy Foundation.   Gary earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology with a Political Science focus from Yale University and an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Term Expires: 2017


Greg Moffet, Local Government: Greg is a small business owner and serves on the Town Council in Vail, where he has lived year-round since 1994.  After a short stint as an attorney, Greg worked in the institutional real estate business for nine years prior to becoming a small business owner.  He is currently serving his third term on the Vail Town Council.  He is also the co-chair of the Eagle County Planning Commission and currently serves on the Vail Economic Advisory Commission.  He has served on the Vail Planning and Environmental Commission, Vail Local Marketing District Advisory Board, Eagle County Open Space Advisory Committee, and I-70 Corridor Coalition.  Greg earned his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and holds a law degree from the University of Minnesota.  Greg also serves on the boards of the Vail Jazz Foundation and Taste of Vail, and is an avid sports enthusiast who equally loves winter and summer sports in the Rocky Mountains.  Term Expires: 2019

Robert Bledsoe 

Robert Bledsoe, Agriculture: Bob is a farmer and rancher from Cheyenne County, who owns and leases over 16,000 acres of farm and ranch land as a part of a third generation family operation. Bob also has extensive experience in the energy industry leasing lands for oil, natural gas, and renewable energy (wind) development, and is currently President of the Colorado Rural Electric Association, Vice-President of the K.C. Electric Association, and on the Board of Directors of Tri-State Generation and Transmission. Bob earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Denver with a Psychology major and minors in Secondary Education and Chemistry. He has also completed the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certification process and also has a Board Leadership Certificate. Term Expires: 2017