Northwest California Resource Advisory Council meeting and field tour, Oct. 8-9, 2003

Members of the Northwest California Resource Advisory Council toured the South Spit, Humboldt Bay, when they met at the Arcata Field Office, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 8 and 9. Members discussed the interim management plan being administered by the Arcata Field Office in partnership with Humboldt County, the California Department of Fish and Game, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Table Bluff Reservation -- Wiyot Tribe.

The RAC formally supported the interim management approach during a meeting earlier in the year.

The management plan provides recreation access to the Spit, while providing for special measures to protect nesting areas for the Western snowy plover, a threatened bird.

During their business meeting, the advisory council adopted a recommendation supporting livestock grazing management concepts under consideration in the BLM's Sustaining Working Landscapes Initiative. Overall, the council supported the SWL concepts as providing increased flexibility for ranchers and BLM managers while leaving intact the Land Health Standards and Livestock Grazing Guidelines developed by the RAC in the late 1990s.

The RAC also welcomed new members Ruth Shriber, a landscape architect who will serve in membership category one, and Bob Warren, a regional tourism executive who will represent recreation interests in membership category two.

Below: BLM Botanist Jennifer Wheeler, right, explains details of the South Spit interim management plan to members of the Northwest California Resource Advisory Council. Looking on, from left, are BLM Redding Field Manager Chuck Schultz, RAC Chairman Don Klusman, Stan Leach, Duane Furman, Bob MacMullin, Doug White, Diane Beck, Bill Radtkey and Arcata Field Manager Lynda Roush.
BLM Botanist Jennifer Wheeler explains details of the South Spit interim management plan

Below: Members of the Northwest California Resource Advisory Council emerge from the mist during a hike at the South Spit. The group heard a presentation from Arcata Wildlife Biologist Amy Krause on special measures being taken to protect the threatened Western snowy plover.
Members of the Northwest California Resource Advisory Council emerge from the mist

10/15/2003

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