U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
California

News.bytes Extra, issue 175 - BLM California

BLM Director presents Four C's Awards in California

BLM Director Kathleen Clarke visited California and presented her Four C's Award to three southern California groups, and one in northern California, during a visit to the state last week:

- The American Sand Association, in recognition of its outstanding contributions to the Imperial Sand Dunes’ Public Safety and Education Program. Below: Members of the American Sand Association:

Members of the American Sand Association

The award states:

"The American Sand Association is recognized with the Director’s Four C’s Award for its well-coordinated presence to protect and enhance the recreation experience of the public in the most intensively used BLM recreation area in the nation.

"The American Sand Association demonstrates exceptional commitment and provides valuable assistance in working with the Bureau of Land Management and the many and diverse interests who help administer the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. With the BLM, the Association addresses recreation problems and helps implement effective measures to enhance the recreational experience of visitors at the Dunes and to ensure public safety.

"In cooperation with the Imperial Sand Dunes Law Enforcement Coalition, the American Sand Association enlists off-road vehicle users and groups to assist in education and awareness programs for rider and public safety on the Dunes. The members of the Association work with more than 120 law enforcement officers from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to assist with law enforcement and public safety activities during major holiday weekends when over 100,000 recreational visitors ride and play in the Dunes. The Association’s work in cooperation with the Law Enforcement Coalition reduces the number of incidents and offers a safer recreation experience for thousands of off-road users on public lands at the Dunes.

"The American Sand Association exemplifies the collaborative partnership needed by the Bureau of Land Management in the administration of a world-class off-highway vehicle area that attracts thousands of visitors. The American Sand Association is truly deserving of the Director’s Four C’s Award for its leadership in establishing cooperative and constructive relationships with the Bureau of Land Management, other agencies and organizations to improve the recreational experience of visitors to the Imperial Sand Dunes."

- The Imperial Sand Dunes Law Enforcement Coalition, for "its well-coordinated presence to protect and enhance the recreation experience of the public in the most intensively used BLM recreation area in the nation." Below: Members of the Imperial Sand Dunes Law Enforcement Coalition.

Members of the Imperial Sand Dunes Law Enforcement Coalition

Members of the Imperial Sand Dunes Law Enforcement Coalition

The Award states:

The Dunes Coalition balances working law enforcement relationships with the many and diverse stakeholders of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area to address resource problems and implement effective measures that ensure public safety and the recreational experience of visitors at the Dunes.

The Dunes Coalition consults with the Imperial County Board of Supervisors on local ordinances to resolve resource and law enforcement issues in the Imperial Sand Dunes. With the strong support and cooperation of the American Sand Association, the Coalition enlists off-road vehicle users and groups to assist in rider safety with public education and awareness programs. More than 120 law enforcement officers from several federal, state and local law enforcement agencies participate under an Incident Command System to communicate and respond to law enforcement incidents and public safety accidents when over 100,000 recreational visitors ride and play in the Dunes during major holiday weekends.

The Dunes Coalition includes the Bureau of Land Management, Imperial County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, National Park Service, California Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and the U.S. Border Patrol.

The members of the Imperial Sand Dunes Law Enforcement Coalition exemplify exceptionally high standards of professionalism with implementation of the Director’s Four C’s principles at the Imperial Sand Dunes.

- The California Oil and Gas Work Group, In recognition of its outstanding contributions to the Bureau of Land Management’s oil and gas program in California . Below: members of the California Oil and Gas Work Group.

members of the California Oil and Gas Work Group

The award states:

The California Oil and Gas Work Group is recognized with the Director’s Four C's Award for its collaborative partnering in establishing cooperative and constructive relationships, networks, and alliances among government agencies and industry for the resolution of natural resource issues.

The Work Group serves as an outstanding example of how to successfully work though complex and highly divergent issues. The Group demonstrates initiative and competency by addressing procedures and policies to eliminate duplication of roles, responsibilities and processes of state and federal agencies. The past two years, four full-day seminars sponsored by the Group engaged nearly 400 oil operators in educational sessions on all aspects of obtaining and operating federal leases in California.

In November 2004, the Work Group will host its "Tenth Bi-annual Oil and Gas Conference – Partnership in Challenging Times." The bi-annual conferences offer an excellent forum for sharing information on regulatory and environmental issues.

The Work Group brings together members from the Bureau of Land Management, State of California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, State of California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Western States Petroleum Association, California Independent Petroleum Association, Independent Oil Producers’ Agency, and the Conservation Committee of California Oil and Gas Producers.

The members of the California Oil and Gas Work Group accomplish their work through commitment to continuous dialog and cooperative solutions that benefit the American people by providing energy from our public lands while protecting the environment.

Director Clarke's visit to Northern California included a presentation of her Four C's Award to the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee.

News.bytes, issue 175