BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, issue 516

BLM Director, California State Director tour central California public lands

BLM Director Bob Abbey and California State Director Jim Kenna saw some of BLM's scenic areas in Central California during a tour of the Ukiah Field Office last week.

Abbey and Kenna hiked the Cypress Abbey Phase 1 lands recently acquired by BLM at Point Arena and also visited the nearby Stornetta Public Lands. Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, City of Point Arena and Trust for Public Lands talked about mountain beaver and butterflies, the importance of the public lands to Point Arena and the long-term vision. Rick Hanks, BLM California Coastal National Monument manager, gave an overview of the monument and discussed the coastal monument gateway agreement for Point Arena. (text continues below)

a group listens to a man speaking at a site overlooking the ocean
Dave Sutton with the Trust for Public Lands discusses the Cypress Abbey property at Point Arena.

The two directors also held an all-employee meeting at the Ukiah Field Office and visited Cache Creek. At Cache Creek, they heard presentations from Tuleyome and other groups about volunteer efforts at habitat restoration in the area, youth involvement, access to public lands and a proposed Berryessa Snow Mountain Natural Conservation area.

a man speaks to a group of people at a point overlooking the Pacific Ocean
The BLM's Rick Hanks explains the gateway agreement with Point Arena for the California Coastal National Monument.

a group sits at a conference table
Bob Abbey and Jim Kenna have breakfast with employees at the Ukiah Field Office.

a group views a map highlighting features of the surrounding area
Bob Abbey and Jim Kenna hear about volunteer efforts at Cache Creek.

- Erin Curtis, BLM California Public Affairs (January 31, 2012)

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