News Release

For Release:  October 18, 2007        
Contact:  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332

Appointments Made to BLM Northwest California Resource Advisory Council

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has announced appointments to the Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest California Resource Advisory Council.  The council advises the BLM on public land matters.

Newly appointed to the 12-member council are Sef Murguia of Eureka, Shirley Laos of Trinidad and Julie Rodgers of Ukiah.  Murguia will represent transportation and rights of way interests, Laos will represent tribal government concerns and Rodgers will represent the public at large.

Diane Beck of Kneeland was re-appointed to a term representing environmental groups and Michael Kelley of Berkeley will return for a term representing dispersed recreation interests.

The council next meets Dec. 5 and 6 on the Mendocino Coast.  Meeting locations and agenda details will be announced.

“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, comprised of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the BLM carry out its stewardship of 258 million acres of public lands.  The BLM, 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. Members represent interests including 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, minerals development and energy production while conserving the land’s natural, historical and cultural resources.

More information on the California RACs is available online at


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