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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 315


California Biodiversity Council tackles environmental issues

How can California preserve its varied environment in the face of forces such as climate change and population growth?
 
The California Biodiversity Council is one of the organizations grappling with those issues. Council members discussed topics from Bureau of Land Management planning to tri-colored blackbird restoration at its meeting Jan. 22 in Davis.
 
BLM California State Director Mike Pool and California Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman are council co-chairs.
 
Bill Haigh, BLM Folsom Field Office manager, said planning efforts range from large scale interagency plans like the West Mojave plan to site-specific plans like the Cosumnes River Preserve plan.
 
Susan Kester, project manager for Landowner Assurances for Habitat Restoration, discussed tools used to preserve habitat for tri-colored blackbirds. They include working with irrigation districts to set aside land and paying farmers not to harvest silage in fields where the birds have active nests. (story continues below)

(from left) Marylynn Yates, University of California; Tom Pogacnik, BLM; and Mike Chrisman, California Resources Agency convene the meeting this week in Davis.
(from left) Marylynn Yates, University of California; Tom Pogacnik, BLM; and Mike Chrisman, California Resources Agency; convene the meeting.

The California Biodiversity Council was formed in 1991 to improve coordination and cooperation between the various resource management and environmental protection organizations at federal, state and local levels.

Its purpose is to discuss, coordinate, and assist in developing strategies and complementary policies for conserving biodiversity. Members exchange information, resolve conflicts and promote development of regional conservation practices.

The Council has 40 members, including ten regional associations of county supervisors and governments, 16 state agencies, 12 federal agencies, the University of California, and the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts.
 

Moderator Mike Chapel introduces panelists Laura Valoppi, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Kim Delfino, Defenders of Wildlife; Bill Haigh, BLM: and Rick Rayburn, California State Parks.
Moderator Mike Chapel introduces panelists Laura Valoppi, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Kim Delfino, Defenders of Wildlife; Bill Haigh, BLM: and Rick Rayburn, California State Parks.

- Dave Christy, 1/23/08


BLM California News.bytes, issue 315


 
Last updated: 01-23-2008