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California Desert District
Release Date: 06/10/14
Contacts: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-44

Jewell Announces New Appointments to BLM Desert Advisory Council

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has appointed five new 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: Leslie Barrett, of Malibu, who will represent renewable energy industry; Raymond Castillo, Imperial County Supervisor, who will fill one of two elected official positions; Mark Algazy, of Granada Hills; Robert Burke, of Barstow; and James Kenney, of Ridgecrest, who are all appointed as representatives of the public.

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 Stephen Razo at 951-677-5217


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