U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 427
Carrizo visitors celebrate new plan, NLCS
With a backdrop of spring wildflowers, BLM managers signed the Record of Decision for the Carrizo Plain National Monument Resource Management Plan Saturday.
California Acting State Director Jim Abbott officially approved the document that finalizes the management plan, with concurrence from Johna Hurl, monument manager; Tim Smith, Bakersfield Field Office manager; and Kathy Hardy, Central California District Manager.
“I would like to thank each and every one of you for making this vision of the Carrizo Plain a reality,” Abbott said.
The event also was part of a series of events celebrating the tenth anniversary of the National Landscape Conservation System and was held in conjunction with a meeting of the Central California Resource Advisory Council.
Pilulau Khus, Elder of the Northern Chumash Bear Clan and the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, told of the importance of the Carrizo Plain to the Native Americans and described the relationships that they have built through the years in developing the monument plan. She opened the event with a blessing and traditional Chumash song.
Carl Rountree, director of the Office of National Landscape Conservation System and Community Programs, gave an overview of the NLCS and the importance of the Carrizo. “This is one part of the 27million acres that is the NLCS,” he said.
Other speakers and participants in the program included representatives for Congresswoman Lois Capps and Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the California Department of Fish and Game and The Nature Conservancy.
Not long after the event, BLM Central California Advisory Council member Jim Haagen-Smit took these photos of wildflowers from the Caliente Mountain Access Trail, several miles away:
- Dave Christy, BLM Central California District, 4/14/10