News Release

For Release:  Sept. 5, 2007               
Contact:  David Christy (916) 985-4474

Carrizo Advisory Committee Plans September Meeting

The Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee will meet Sept. 22 at the Carissa Elementary School to discuss management planning for the monument and other issues.

The school is located approximately two miles northwest of the Soda Lake Road turn-off on Highway 58.  The meeting will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There will be a public comment period from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be available for $8 or you may bring a sack lunch.

The meeting will focus on draft alternatives for the resource management plan and environmental impact statement being developed for the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

The nine-member committee advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management, on a variety of public land issues associated with the public land management in the Carrizo Plain National Monument in Central California.  The public may present written or verbal comments.  Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and the time available, the time allotted for individual oral comments may be limited.  Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations should contact BLM as indicated below.

Committee members are: Dale Kuhnle, Santa Margarita; Neil Havlik, PhD (Chairman), San Luis Obispo; Ellen Cypher, PhD, Bakersfield; Michael Khus-Zarate, Fresno; Raymond Watson, Bakersfield; Jim Patterson, Atascadero; Carl Twisselman, McKittrick; Raymond Hatch, Taft; Robert Pavlik, San Luis Obispo.

For more information, contact Johna Hurl, monument manager, at the BLM Bakersfield Field Office, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308, telephone (661) 391-6093, or e-mail, or go to Internet website