News Release

For Release:  February 11, 2008               
Contact:  David Christy (916) 985-4474
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Carrizo Advisory Committee Plans February Meeting

The Bureau of Land Management’s Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee will meet Feb. 23 at the Carrisa Elementary School to discuss management planning for the monument.

The school is located approximately two miles northwest of Soda Lake Road on Highway 58. The public 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.

“At this meeting, monument staff will present updated information on the progress on the draft Carrizo Plain National Monument Resource Management Plan and the Environmental Impact Statement. A preliminary preferred alternative being developed by the Carrizo managing partners – BLM, the California Department of Fish and Game and The Nature Conservancy - will be the focus of this meeting,” said Johna Hurl, BLM monument manager.

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, Carrisa Plains; 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 Hurl at the BLM Bakersfield Field Office, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, Calif. 93308, telephone (661) 391-6093, e-mail Judith_Sackett@ca.blm.gov or go to website http://www.ca.blm.gov/news/rac.html

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