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News.bytes Extra, issue 478

Advisory Council members discuss alternative energy, horses and more

Members of the BLM's Northeast California Resource Advisory Council (RAC) tackled an  agenda with topics ranging from alternative energy to wild horses, when they met April 20 and 21 in Burney.

a group of people looks up toward burned-out trees on a hillside
At a field trip stop near Hat Creek in eastern Shasta County, RAC members look at the aftermath of the 2008 Ventura Fire and hear about rehabilitation projects underway.

a group watches a man pointing out spots on a map
BLM Alturas Field Manager Tim Burke points out the boundaries of lands proposed for transfer from PG&E to the BLM during a stop at the Hat Creek Park along Highway 299 east of Burney.

pickup trucks and SUVs are dwarfed by huge wind turbines
A convoy of vehicles travels through the northern end of the Hatchet Ridge Wind Energy Project as the RAC members visit the 100--megawatt facility that began producing electricity last October.  The massive size of the wind turbines is clearly evident, as RAC members get a close look at a tower, below:
a group walks away from the base of a towering wind turbine

The RAC visited the 44-turbine wind facility, which is located on private land, to get a better understanding of issues as members prepare to advise on  wind energy projects proposed for BLM-managed public lands in northeast California.

The council meets next on Aug. 25 and 25 in Cedarville.  Information on the Northeast California RAC and other advisory councils, including details on applying for currently open seats, is available at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/rac.html.

- Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern California District public affairs, 4/25/11

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 478
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Last updated: 04-28-2011