News Release

For Release:  April 3, 2007             
Contact:  David Christy, (916) 985-4474

BLM Advisory Council Plans Meeting in Exeter

Land management issues for the Bakersfield Field Office will be on the agenda when the Bureau of Land Management’s Central California Resource Advisory Council meets in Exeter on April 20 and 21.

On April 20, the advisory council will meet from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the University of California Lindcove Research and Extension Center, 22963 Carson Ave., Exeter. Agenda items include a discussion of preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement and plan for the Carrizo Plain National Monument, an update of the Caliente Resource Management Plan by the Bakersfield Field Office, reports from BLM managers and a progress report on planning for the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine. Following lunch, council members will tour Atwell Island.

On April 21, the council will meet from 8 a.m. to noon at the extension center meeting room. Council members will continue their discussion and take public comments from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend both meetings and the tour, but must provide their own transportation for the tour.

“As California’s population increases, land managers must address numerous, and often conflicting, land uses,” said Patty Gradek, BLM Bakersfield Field Office acting manager. “The advisory council provides a valuable forum for BLM and the public to exchange views on management of public lands.”

The 12-member council, one of 24 such advisory councils in the western states, is comprised of members who represent broad natural resource interests including livestock grazing, environmental groups, recreation, wild horse and burro management, history and archaeology, the academic sector, local government and the public at large.