<![CDATA[ BLM California News Releases ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/rss/news_releases/ca.html BLM California News Releases en-us Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:42:12 -0700 News capubrm@ca.blm.gov (California Info) <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Desert District Advisory Council Nominations ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/DACsnomination.html http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/DACsnomination.html Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:42:12 -0700 The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) California Desert District is soliciting nominations from the public for six members of its California Desert Advisory Council to serve three-year terms. The council's 15 members provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on the management of over 10 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 January 12, 2015 and will be noted on the Desert Advisory Council webpage cited below. The six positions to be filled include one elected official, one representative of non-renewable resources groups or organizations, one representative of recreation groups or organizations, one representative of wildlife groups or organizations, and two representatives of the public-at-large. These six positions become vacant on Dec. 7, 2014.
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 many nominate themselves. The nomination form is on the Desert Advisory Council webpage: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/rac/dac.html. 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 Del Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. For further information, please contact Stephen Razo, BLM California Desert District External Affairs, (951) 697-5217 or srazo@blm.gov.
<![CDATA[ BLM Desert Advisory Council to Meet in Palm Springs ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/CA-CDD-15-05.html http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/CA-CDD-15-05.html Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:50:24 -0700 The next field trip and meeting of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) California Desert Advisory Council (DAC) will be held Dec. 5-6 in Palm Springs, Calif.  The council will participate in a field tour of BLM-managed public lands on Friday, Dec. 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and meet in formal session on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Riviera Hotel, 1600 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA.

The meeting focus topic will be the Desert Renewable Conservation Plan (DRECP). Agenda topics for the formal session on Saturday will include a briefing on soils and carbon sequestration by Dr. Michael Allen, University of California Riverside. Friday field tour information and final agenda topics will be posted on the BLM California state website at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/rac/dac.html. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comment on Generator Intertie Transmission Line Environmental Assessment in Kern County ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/cincotransline.html http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/cincotransline.html Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:24:18 -0700 The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released today an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the RE Cinco Gen-tie Project in Kern County. Today's release of the EA initiates a 30-day public comment period ending Dec. 26, 2014.

RE Barren Ridge Solar 1, LLC, a subsidiary of Recurrent Energy LLC, filed a right-of-way (ROW) application with the BLM proposing to construct and operate the RE Cinco Gen-tie, an electrical generator intertie line. The project would be located partially on federal lands managed by the BLM within the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) planning area. The proposed gen-tie would interconnect a Kern County-approved 60 megawatt solar photovoltaic power generating facility located on private lands in an unincorporated area of Kern County to the regional electrical grid.
For further information or to submit comments, please visit http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ridgecrest/cinco_gen_tie_project.html or contact Lynnette Elser, California Desert District, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553, lelser@blm.gov  951-697-5233
<![CDATA[ BLM Lifts Stage III Fire Restrictions in Eastern Kern County ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/easternkernco.html http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/easternkernco.html Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:43:19 -0700

The BLM California Desert District (CDD) has lifted Stage III fire restrictions in eastern Kern County due to improved weather conditions. The affected area is public lands north of Highway 58 and west of Highway 14. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM, Partners, Complete Third Year of Rush Fire Recovery ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/rushfirerecovery.html http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/rushfirerecovery.html Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:01:43 -0700

The Bureau of Land Management and its partners have completed their third year of work to restore habitat burned in the 2012 Rush Fire in northeast Lassen County, and have now hand-planted more than 15,000 shrub seedlings. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Rejects Solar Development in Silurian Valley ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/siluranvalley.html http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/siluranvalley.html Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:10:58 -0700

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today it has rejected an application for a solar energy right-of-way in the Silurian Valley in San Bernardino County, Calif. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Plans Burn Projects in Modoc, Lassen and Shasta Counties ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/burnprojects.html http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/burnprojects.html Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:03:07 -0700

Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management will conduct several prescribed burning projects in Lassen, Modoc and Shasta counties in California and in Washoe County, Nevada during fall and early winter.Projects will be ignited only when weather conditions allow for safe and successful burning and smoke management. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM to Host Alabama Hills Interpretive Hikes in November ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/alabamahillshiles.html http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/alabamahillshiles.html Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:57:09 -0700

The Bureau of Land Management will hold interpretive hikes in the Alabama Hills in November to discuss film history and view scenic arches. ]]> <![CDATA[ Comment Period Extended on Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/DRECPextension.html http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/DRECPextension.html Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:03:03 -0700 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In response to public requests, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will extend the public comment period for the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for 45 days. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Issues Interim Final Supplementary Rules for Kanaka Valley ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/kanakavalleyrules.html http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/november/kanakavalleyrules.html Thu, 6 Nov 2014 15:50:32 -0700

The Bureau of Land Management's Mother Lode Field Office is requesting public comments on proposed new rules affecting 695 acres of public land known as Kanaka Valley in El Dorado County.  ]]>