News Release

For Release: Oct. 15, 2007          
Contact: David Christy (916) 985-4474
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Secretary Kempthorne Announces New Appointments to BLM Central California Resource Advisory Council

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced today the appointment of two new members to the citizen-based resource advisory council (RAC) for Central California. The RAC advises the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues.

San Benito County Supervisor Reb Monaco was selected to the position for local elected officials and Oakhurst resident Roger Mitchell was selected to represent the public at-large.

Members reappointed were Carl Twisselman, McKittrick, representing federal grazing permittees; Bill Vanherweg, San Luis Obispo, representing national and regional environmental organizations; and Steve Koretoff, Fresno, representing off-highway vehicle users.

The next RAC meeting will be Oct. 26 and 27 at the Holiday Inn Express in Marina. Time for public comment is reserved from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on October 27.

“The BLM’s resource advisory councils are excellent examples of a collaborative approach to public land management and conservation,” said Secretary Kempthorne.  “I welcome our new RAC members, commend them for their willingness to serve, and look forward to their counsel as we work together to improve the health and productivity of the public lands.”

The BLM’s RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the bureau carry out its stewardship of 258 million acres of public lands.  The bureau, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has 24 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located.  Each RAC consists of 12 to 15 members with an interest in public land management, such as ranchers, conservationists, outdoor recreationists, tribal officials, state and local government officials, academics, and others.

BLM Director Jim Caswell said, “RAC members come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wide range of perspectives to each of our councils.  This diversity results in a balanced outlook that the BLM needs for its mission, which is to manage the public lands for multiple uses.”  The BLM, an agency of the Department of the Interior, is responsible for managing these various uses – such as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production – while conserving the land’s natural, historical, and cultural resources.

More information on the California RACs is available on the web at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/resource_advisory.html

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