Ray Petersen is a fourth generation Emery Countyite, with direct and strong ties to public lands. Introduced to the wonders of the San Rafael Swell, Manti LaSal National Forest and the Green and Colorado Rives at an early age, Ray grew up working and recreating in rural Utah. He spent several years as a young man guiding and outfitting there. Marriage and a young family required that he “get a real job”. At present, he is in the 32nd year of employment by Emery County, where he serves as Public Lands Administrator.