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 Advisory Council sees Alabama Hills progress 

Community-based stewardship was the theme of the Central California Resource Advisory Council meeting March 20-21 in Lone Pine.

In 2007, at a meeting in Lone Pine, the RAC heard presentations by community members on initial efforts to develop a community-based stewardship strategy for the Alabama Hills. During a March 20 tour hosted by members of the stewardship group, RAC members saw the progress that has been made since then.

An entry kiosk area has been cleaned of brush and paved, with picnic tables nearby. Some unnecessary trails have been closed and planted with native vegetation. Community members and BLM staff have worked with movie companies to protect resources during filming of the movie Iron Man and other productions. (text continues below)

Chris Langley tells RAC members about ways to protect resources during film productions.
Inyo County Film Commissioner Chris Langley tells RAC members about ways to protect resources during film productions.

Kevin Mazzu and David Kirk give an update on projects to date including refurbishing the kiosk area.
Kevin Mazzu and David Kirk give an update on projects to date including refurbishing the kiosk area.

Kathy Jefferson Bancroft discusses use of the Alabama Hills area by Native Americans.
Kathy Jefferson Bancroft discusses use of the Alabama Hills area by Native Americans.

Mike Prather discusses trail rehab projects.
Mike Prather discusses trail rehab projects.

On March 21, the RAC heard a presentation on efforts by the Chalfant Public Land Stewardship Group to develop a similar strategy for the Chalfant area north of Bishop. The RAC voted to send a letter recommending that BLM work with the group to develop using the Alabama Hills process for guidance.

The RAC also heard reports from Central California field office managers on key issues for the Bishop, Bakersfield, Hollister and Folsom field offices.

The next RAC meeting is planned for September 11-12, to be hosted by the Bakersfield Field Office.

- Dave Christy, 3/09


BLM-California News.bytes, issue 375


 
Last updated: 03-26-2009