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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 316

Assistant Secretary and BLM Director tour border area

Assistant Secretary of the Interior Steve Allred and Director Jim Caswell toured the border area in San Diego and Imperial counties earlier this week, focusing on law enforcement challenges and recreation opportunities.

Allred and Caswell were able to meet with several dozen recreation and law enforcement constituents at an event Monday at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) hosted by the United Desert Gateway. (Learn more about the United Desert Gateway partnership in this Spotlight on Partners and this article in the Imperial Valley Press (January 28, 2008).

The importance of such partnerships was emphasized by Assistant Secretary Allred: “Much of what we do would be impossible without United Desert Gateway,” he said. “Solutions aren’t always just the government....Without these partnerships we would have a more difficult time with everything.”

Allred, Caswell and BLM-California State Director Mike Pool also met with law enforcement personnel from the Border Patrol, Imperial County, and BLM Special Agents and Rangers to discuss ways to improve coordination and how BLM can strengthen its presence along this critical border region.

The tour included a dune buggy (sand rail) ride for Director Caswell, courtesy of the Imperial County Sheriff’s office of the Dunes:

BLM Director James Caswell straps into an Imperial County Sheriff's Department sand rail for a ride in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area:
BLM director James Caswell straps into a county sheriff's sand rail at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.

BLM California News.bytes, issue 316

Last updated: 01-30-2008