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SANTA ROSA & SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS
NATIONAL MONUMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

January 28, 2002

United States Department of Agriculture
United States Department of the Interior

 MEETING LOCATION:

LIVING DESERT EDUCATION CENTER
47900 Portola Avenue
Hoover Room
Palm Desert, CA

 DATE AND TIME:

Monday, January 28, 2002
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

LIST OF THOSE PRESENT:

MONUMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (MAC):

ALLAN MUTH, expertise in natural science and research, University of California, Riverside, Deep Canyon Research Center

WILLIAM WATTS, District Superintendent, California Department of Parks and Recreation

FRANK BOGERT, former Mayor, City of Palm Springs

BARY FREET, Palm Springs Fire Chief, resident of Cathedral City

TERRY HENDERSON, Councilmember, City of La Quinta

ROBERT BROCKMAN, Planning Director, City of Rancho Mirage

BUFORD CRITES, Councilmember and former Mayor, City of Palm Desert

LARRY GRAFTON, Senior Planner, City of Indian Wells

BARBARA GONZALES-LYONS, Vice Chair, Tribal Council, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

BILL HAVERT, Director, Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy

JEFFERY MORGAN, Sierra Club, Local Conservation Organization

EDWARD KIBBEY, Building Industry Association

BOB LYMAN, Regional Office Manager, County of Riverside

ROB PARKINS, General Manager, Winter Park Authority

RUTH WATLING, Chair, Pinyon Community Council

STAFF AND PRESENTERS:

DANELLA GEORGE, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Manager

CONNELL DUNNING, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Community Planner

GENE ZIMMERMAN, United States Forest Service (USFS) Forest Supervisor, San Bernardino National Forest

PAUL IDEKER, Meeting Facilitator

LAURIE ROSENTHAL, USFS District Ranger, San Jacinto Ranger District, San Bernardino National Forest

JIM KENNA, BLM Field Manager, Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office

RICHARD CAMPBELL, Superintendent, California State Parks

TOM DAVIS, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

ELENA MISQUEZ, BLM Planning Coordinator

LINDA VALTER, Representative from Congresswoman Mary Bono's Office

AGENDA

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS - Danella George 5

Welcome and introduction of BLM and USFS staff present. Welcome from Jim Kenna, BLM, and Gene Zimmerman, USFS. Welcome and review of agenda by Paul Ideker, facilitator for the meeting.  Individual introductions and brief bio from each Monument Advisory Committee member.

WELCOME FROM CONGRESSWOMAN MARY BONO'S OFFICE - Linda Valter 25

History and development of the monument legislation as a local effort. Thank you to the Monument Advisory Committee for the work that they will be providing for the Monument.

MEETING GOALS & OBJECTIVES – Danella George 29

Establish the role of the Committee:  Advise the Secretary of Interior and Secretary of Agriculture on the development of Management Plan.

Define role of designated federal official and goals of Monument Manager: Create and empower core and working staff, build a strong relationship with nonprofit groups associated with Monument, get out into the community,develop strong relationship with the Committee, keep the Board happy, focus on completing the Management Plan for the Monument.

Review the Federal Advisory Committee Act: (presentation of video)

Review of Charter

Questions and Answers

OVERVIEW OF THE LANDSCAPE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SANTA ROSA

AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS-Bill Havert/Jim Sullivan 54

AGENCY/GROUP PRESENTATION 75

Laurie Rosenthal, USFS

Jim Kenna, BLM

Tom Davis, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Richard Campbell, California Department of Parks and Recreation              

Questions and Answers

ELECTION OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIR & VICE CHAIR1 24

Ed Kibbey elected chair.

Rob Parkins elected vice-chair.

LUNCH BREAK 

STATUS OF MONUMENT PLAN - Connell Dunning 134

Overview of current planning efforts and how those plans provide the framework for the Monument Plan. Summary of pre-planning efforts to date, coordinating efforts among various land management agencies. Outline of planning timeline with October 24, 2003 as a deadline. Requirements for the Monument Plan, National Environmental Policy Act, etc.

Questions and Answers

Discussion of subcommittees and issues

COMMITTEE GUIDLENES 211

Roberts Rules adopted for Committee guideline of operations.

Motion to have the public comment period last 5 minutes - ACCEPTED

Motion to have a 30-minute public comment period at beginning AND end of meetings - ACCEPTED

SET SCHEDULE AND TIMES FOR NEXT MEETINGS 221

Meetings will occur the first Saturday of every other month. The next Committee meeting dates

for 2002 are April 6, June 1, August 3, October 5, December 7.  One meeting has been scheduled for 2003 on February 1.  All meetings will take place from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Palm Desert City Hall Chambers, 73-510 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert California 92260

SUBCOMMITTEE DISCUSSION 227

PUBLIC COMMENTS 253

EDDY KONNO, Page 254

NICK STEFFANOFF, Page 256

DAVE MATHEWS, Page 261

JOE INGRAM, Page 265

GAYLE CADY, Page 268

GLEN RASMUSSEN, Page 272, Page 282

LITA TUNNICLIFF, Page 274

LES STARKS, Page 274, Page 283

EILEEN HENNING, Page 276

NIKI BOGERT, Page 278

REBECCA NAVARRE, Page 279

SCOTT QUINNEL, Page 281

MEETING SUMMARY 286

Complete minutes and all submitted written comments are available for public review at the Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office during business hours: P.O. Box 581260, 690 West Garnet Avenue, North Palm Springs, CA 92258; 760-251-4800d