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California Desert District
Release Date: 02/15/13
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220  
  Steve Razo , 951-697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-13-30

BLM Seeks Nominees for California Desert Advisory Council

The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) California Desert District is soliciting nominations from the public for five members of its California Desert District Advisory Council to serve three-year terms.  The council’s 15 members provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on the management of 11 million acres of public lands in eight counties of Southern California.

The council meets in formal session three to four times each year in various locations throughout the California Desert District. Council members serve without compensation other than travel expenses.  Members serve three-year terms and may be nominated for reappointment for an additional three-year term.  The secretary selects council nominees consistent with the requirements of Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), which require nominees appointed to the council be balanced in terms of points of view and representative of the various interests concerned with the management of the public lands within the area for which the council is established.

Nominations will be accepted until 45 days after publication of the Federal Register Notice and will be noted on the Desert Advisory Council webpage cited below. The five positions to be filled include one elected official, one representative of renewable resources groups or organizations, and three representatives of the public-at-large.  Two positions are immediate vacancies (elected official and one public-at-large) and their three-year terms would begin immediately upon appointment by the Secretary of the Interior.  The other three positions (renewable resources and two public-at-large) become vacant on Dec. 10, 2013.

Any group or individual may nominate a qualified person based upon education, training, and knowledge of the BLM, the California Desert, and the issues involving BLM-administered public lands throughout Southern California.  Qualified individuals also may nominate themselves.  The nomination form is on the Desert Advisory Council webpage:  Nominations must include letters of support.

Advisory Council members are appointed by the secretary, and will be evaluated based on their education, training, and knowledge of the BLM, the California Desert District, and the issues involving BLM-administered public lands.  The Obama Administration prohibits individuals who are currently federally registered lobbyists to serve on any FACA and non-FACA boards, committees, or councils.

Nominations should be sent to Teresa A. Raml, District Manager, BLM California Desert District, 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553.  For further information, please contact David Briery, BLM California Desert District External Affairs, (951) 697-5220 or


California Desert District   22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos      Moreno Valley, CA 92553  

Last updated: 02-15-2013