News Release

For Release:  March 10, 2009             
Contact:  David Christy, (916) 985-4474

BLM Advisory Council Plans Meeting in Lone Pine

Land management issues for the Bishop Field Office will be on the agenda when the Bureau of Land Management's Central California Resource Advisory Council meets in Lone Pine on March 20-21.

On March 20, the advisory council will meet from 8 a.m. to noon at the Mt. Whitney Golf Club, 2559 S. Main St., Lone Pine. Agenda items include community-based planning for the Alabama Hills, an update of statewide BLM issues and reports from BLM Central California managers. Following lunch, council members will tour the Alabama Hills.

On March 21, the council will meet beginning at 8 a.m. at the Mt. Whitney Golf Club. Council members will continue their discussion and take public comments from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend both meetings and the tour, but must provide their own transportation for the tour.

 "The advisory council provides a valuable forum for BLM and the public to exchange views on management of public lands," said Paul Bannister, acting manager for BLM's Bishop Field Office.

The 12-member council, one of 24 such advisory councils in the western states, is comprised of members who represent broad natural resource interests including livestock grazing, environmental groups, recreation, wild horse and burro management, history and archaeology, the academic sector, local government and the public at large.