News Release

For Release: November 25, 2008
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
CA-N-09-12

Appointments made to BLM Resource Advisory Council for Northeast California

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

Newly  appointed to the 15-member council  are Norvie Enns, of Reno, and Sean Curtis, of Alturas.  Enns will represent the public at large.  Curtis, Modoc County’s natural resources advisor, will represent state agencies  with natural resources interests.

Re-appointed were Martin Balding, of Eagle Lake;  Skip Willmore, of Burney; and  Rosalee Bradley,  of Janesville.  Balding represents environmental interests, Willmore represents forest products interests, and Bradley will continue representing dispersed recreation interests.

All appointments are for three-year terms.

The council next meets Feb. 19 and 20,   at the BLM’s Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville.

"Our resource advisory councils are excellent examples of a collaborative approach to public land management and conservation," said BLM California State Director Mike Pool.  "I welcome our new and returning 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 Northeast California RAC, one of 24 such advisory councils in the United States, works closely with managers of the BLM’s Alturas, Eagle Lake (Susanville)  and Surprise (Cedarville) field offices, providing expertise and insight on natural resource management issues on nearly three million acres of public land, including more than a million acres in far northwestern Nevada.

The council represents a broad array of public land interests including livestock grazing permit holders, commercial recreation, off highway vehicle enthusiasts, wild horse and burro interests, historical and archaeological interests, dispersed recreation users, environmental interests, forestry, local government, tribal interests and the public at large.

The BLM, an agency of the Department of the Interior, is responsible for managing various uses such as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, minerals development and energy production while conserving the land’s natural, historical and cultural resources.

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