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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 336


Advisory Council sees challenges of population growth near public lands

Members of the Central California Resource Advisory Council got a first-hand look at the challenges facing the Bureau of Land Management due to population growth in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

The council met Friday and Saturday in El Dorado Hills and toured the Pine Hill Preserve. Located in western El Dorado County, Pine Hill Preserve is home to a collection of eight rare plant species. The entire preserve encompasses 4,122 acres under federal, state and county ownership, and 3,276 of these acres are included in an area designated for the recovery of five federally listed plants. Three of the plant species that grow in the Pine Hill Preserve grow nowhere else in the world. Two more species have only a few plants found elsewhere. (story continues below)

Brian Mulhollen, fuels management specialist, discusses construction of a firebreak at the edge of the Pine Hill Preserve:
Brian Mulhollen, fuels management specialist, discusses construction of a firebreak at the Pine Hills Preserve

Council members viewed plant recovery in an area burned last summer and firebreaks being created to protect homes. BLM is using machines and hand crews to create the fire breaks. Council members discussed how BLM, other agencies and homeowners could partner on fuels management projects.

Council members also discussed land acquisition with Alan Ehrgott of the American River Conservancy.

The next Central California Resource Advisory Council meeting is tentatively set for Nov. 21-22, to be hosted by the Bishop Field Office.

Graciela Hinshaw, Pine Hill Preserve manager, discusses rare plants at the Pine Hill Preserve:
Graciela Hinshaw, Pine Hill Preserve manager, talks about rare plants at the Pine Hill Preserve

Lauren Fety, BLM intern at Pine Hill Preserve, discusses recovery after a fire last year.
Lauren Fety, BLM intern at Pine Hill Preserve, discusses recovery after a fire last year.

Resource Advisory Council members viewing a large Pine Hill Flannelbush (Fremontodendron decumbenson) on Del Astle's property.
Resource Advisory Council members viewing a large Pine Hill Flannelbush (Fremontodendron decumbenson) on Del Astle's property.

- D. Christy, 6/08


BLM-California News.bytes, issue 336


 
Last updated: 06-18-2008