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Spotlight on Partners: U.S.-Mexico Border Field Coordinating Committee (FCC) 

With national attention often focused on U.S.-Mexico border security issues, the importance of good working relationships among Department of the Interior (DOI) agencies is increasingly important.  The partnership formed through the Field Coordinating Committee meets that need. (text continues below)

A BLM student land restoration crew briefs U.S. and Mexican participants at a tour in the Yuha Desert of southeastern California, setting up a display in the field
A BLM student land restoration crew briefs U.S. and Mexican participants at a border Field Coordinating Committee tour in the Yuha Desert of southeastern California

The FCC is a field-level DOI focal point and coordinator of natural and cultural resources issues along the border. The purpose of the FCC is to encourage appropriate and joint involvement among various bureaus to address border issues. The FCC provides the expertise needed by the Department to speak with one voice to Mexico, other U.S. Federal, Tribal, and State agencies and non-government organizations concerned about sustainable development and natural and cultural resources protection in the border region.

BLM-California, as part of the FCC, joins forces with field representatives from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Minerals Management Service, National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Regional Environmental Offices of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and San Francisco, California, and a Washington representative from the office of the Secretary of the Interior.

FCC efforts include coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol; U.S.-Mexico environmental education; research and management of shared water resources; aerial photography and resource mapping; Upper San Pedro River Basin, Lower Rio Grande, U.S.-Mexico “Sisters” areas; habitat restoration and conservation; and cultural resources.

The FCC will continue as a DOI focal point on United States-Mexico border natural and cultural resources issues of interest and concern, and to maintain existing partnerships and develop new ones important to the Department. 


BLM California News.bytes, issue 344

Last updated: 08-07-2008