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Central California District
Release Date: 12/08/10
Contacts: David Christy , 916-941-3146  
News Release No. CA-CC-11-14

Secretary Salazar Announces New Appointments to BLM Central California Resource Advisory Council

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced new appointments or re-appointments of six members to the citizen-based Central California Resource Advisory Council (RAC). The RACs throughout the Bureau of Land Management advise BLM on public land issues. The RACs are composed of members with diverse interests and backgrounds.

“The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils exemplify the collaborative approach taken by the BLM in handling public land issues,” said Secretary Salazar.  “I want to welcome our newly appointed RAC members and salute them for their commitment to public service.  Their counsel will serve the BLM well as the agency works to ensure the health and productivity of America’s great outdoors.”

The RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the BLM carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres – the largest land portfolio of any Federal agency.  The BLM has established 28 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located.  Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest in public land management, such as conservationists, outdoor recreationists, ranchers, Tribal officials, state and local government officials, academics, and others.

BLM Director Bob Abbey said, “RAC members represent a variety of professional backgrounds and perspectives, and together bring a balanced outlook that the BLM needs in managing the public lands for multiple uses.”

 “The RACs' principle of collaborative decision making while striving for consensus brings a balanced outlook that the bureau needs as it carries out its multiple-use mission,” said Kathy Hardy, BLM Central California District manager.

Members re-appointed are Carl Twisselman, McKittrick, representing grazing permittees; Steve Koretoff, Kerman, representing off-highway vehicle users and Roger Mitchell, Oakhurst; representing the public-at-large.

New members are commercial rafter George Armstrong, Walnut Creek, representing commercial recreation; Sally Miller, Lee Vining, senior conservation representative for the Wilderness Society, representing environmental organizations; and Kern County Supervisor Jon McQuiston, an elected official.

The Central California RAC works closely with managers of the BLM’s Mother Lode, Bishop, Hollister and Bakersfield field offices, providing expertise and insight on natural resource management issues. The council represents a broad array of public land interests including livestock grazing permit holders, off- highway vehicle enthusiasts, historical and archaeological interests, dispersed recreation users, environmental interests, local government and the public at large.


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Last updated: 12-10-2010