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California Desert District
Release Date: 12/21/11
Contacts: Stephen Razo, 951-697-5217 or    
News Release No. CDD-12-16

Salazar Announces New Appointments to BLM Desert Advisory Council

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has appointed four new members and re-appointed two members to the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) citizen-based California Desert District Advisory Council (DAC) which advises the BLM on public land issues.

The council’s new members are Kim Campbell Erb of Anaheim, who will represent recreation; Francis A. Muth, Ph.D., of Palm Desert, who will represent wildlife; Zachary N. Scrivner, Kern County Supervisor, who will fill one of two elected official positions; and Mark Murray of Long Beach, who will represent public-at-large interests. Council members re-appointed to a second three-year term are: Dinah O. Shumway of Apple Valley, representing non-renewable resources; and Randy Banis of Leona Valley, representing public-at-large interests.

The 15 member DAC works closely with BLM field office managers in Ridgecrest, Needles, Barstow, Palm Springs, El Centro and the desert district office in Moreno Valley. The California Desert District Advisory Council was established by Congress through the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976.

"The Desert Advisory Council is a valuable panel of citizens that provides valuable input and advice into the management of over 11 million acres of public land throughout the southern California desert,” states Teri Raml, California Desert District manager. "I welcome the newest members and look forward to continuing the strong working relationship we enjoy with the council.”

The BLM's resource advisory councils (RACs), composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the agency carry out its stewardship of 261 million acres of public lands. The bureau, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has 24 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. As an agency of the Department of the Interior, it is responsible for managing various public land uses - such as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production - while conserving the land's natural, historical, and cultural resources.

For further information, contact David Briery at 951-677-5220.


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