News Release

For Release:  June 7, 2007                                                                 
Contact:  Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email: srazo@ca.blm.gov
CA-CDD-07-35


BLM Seeks Representatives to Serve on a Technical Review Team for The Meccacopia Special Recreation Management Area

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office is seeking volunteers to participate in a Technical Review Team (TRT) to assist the Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office (PSSC-FO) on the preparation of the Meccacopia Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP).

John Kalish, BLM PSSC-FO manager, said the TRT was recently established as a sub-group of the California Desert Advisory Council (DAC) whose members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to advise BLM on public land management in the California Desert. According to Kalish, the BLM and the DAC are seeking individuals representing a cross-section of interests to help BLM prepare the RAMP.  Among the interests likely to be involved are: 1) special permitting groups (commercial, competitive non-competitive, organized groups), 2) California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission, 3) California, motorized and non-motorized recreation, OHV organizations, 4) environmental concerns, 6) Riverside County, and 6) Native American and Hispanic concerns. 

Kalish said the TRT is expected to meet two to three times a year at the BLM field office in Palm Springs between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week with meetings lasting about four hours.  Two conference calls, and more if needed, will be scheduled during the week between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will last approximately one hour.  

Those interested are asked to contact Mona Daniels, BLM outdoor recreation planner, at 760-251-4800, email: Mona_Daniels@ca.blm.gov, FAX (760) 251-4899, or mail to: the Bureau of Land Management, Attn:  Mona Daniels, 690 West Garnet Ave., P.O. Box 581260, North Palm Springs, CA  92211.  Individuals are asked to provide a resume describing professional and recreation background and qualifications, what interest and involvement the individual has with the Meccacopia area and their ability to participate in meetings.  An address, daytime phone number, fax number, and email address if available are also requested. 

For more information, contact Mona Daniels at 760-251-4800.

-BLM-

California Desert District Office – 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553