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Northern California District
Release Date: 01/13/10
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. CA-N-10-24

Secretary Salazar Announces New Appointments To BLM Northeast California Resource Advisory Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today the appointment of six members to the Northeast California Resource Advisory Council which advises Interior’s Bureau of Land Management on public land issues.

Those named to the council, and their areas of representation are:  Ken McGarva,  of Likely, federal grazing permit holders; John Erquiaga, Lake City, grazing permit holders; Nancy Huffman, Tulelake, public at large; Jack Razzeto, Trinity Center; timber interests; and Frank Bayham, Chico, history and archaeology interests.  Lassen County Supervisor Jim Chapman, of Susanville, was named to fill an unexpired term representing local government

 “The BLM’s resource advisory councils help ensure that the management of our public lands and resources are guided by a wide range of perspectives and by the input of citizens and local communities.” said Secretary Salazar.  “I welcome our new RAC members and commend them for their service on behalf of America’s public lands. Their input and recommendations will help us restore our treasured landscapes and ensure that we are harnessing the benefits of these lands in a balanced way." 

The councils, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in various fields of natural resource use and management, help the bureau carry out its stewardship of 253 million acres of public lands.  The agency, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has 24 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located.  Each RAC consists of 12 to 15 members with an interest in public land management, such as ranchers, conservationists, outdoor recreationists, tribal officials, state and local government officials, scientists, and others.

 “RAC members come from different backgrounds and reflect a wide range of perspectives,” said Nancy Haug, manager of the BLM’s Northern California District.  “Their diversity results in a balanced outlook that the bureau needs as it carries out its multiple-use mission.  The BLM is responsible for managing these various uses – such as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production – while conserving the land’s natural, historical, and cultural resources.”

The 15-member Northeast California RAC meets three to four times annually, working closely with BLM offices in Alturas, Cedarville and Susanville.  The next meeting is Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 17-18, in Cedarville.


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