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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 417

Carrizo Plain Advisory Committee looks to implement plan for the Monument 

Members of the Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee are looking to future activities on the ground as the Resource Management Plan for the Monument moves into its final phase.

Neil Havlik, MAC chair, said at the MAC meeting Saturday he is excited by the future role of the MAC regarding implementation activities.

BLM received three protests on the proposed RMP and is reviewing the issues raised in the protests. (text continues below)

Looking across green and brown plains to a distant lake and hills beyond
A view of Painted Rock and Soda Lake, within the Carrizo Plain National Monument

Tim Smith, BLM Bakersfield Field Office manager, said BLM will develop a business plan, also known as an implementation plan, after the RMP Record of Decision is signed. The business plan will include budget and priorities and BLM will hold discussions with the MAC as the business plan is developed.

Havlik was re-elected as MAC chair and Ellen Cypher was re-elected as vice chair.

Johna Hurl, monument manager, said she is working with Atascadero and Santa Margarita on possible agreements as gateway communities, similar to the existing agreement with Taft.

An event is being planned for April 10 on the Carrizo to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the National Landscape conservation System, with details to be announced closer to the event.

Tim Smith stands and speaks to seated members of the committee
Tim Smith, BLM Bakersfield Field Office manager, gives a planning update to the committee.

- David Christy, BLM Central California District, 1/25/10

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 417

Last updated: 01-27-2010