For Immediate Release   
March 23, 2009                                                

Contact:  Jerry Cordova (202) 452-7756 
Robin Burgess (202) 785-6581
              

BLM Schedules Regional Tribal Listening Sessions

The Bureau of Land Management has announced the schedule and locations for the regional tribal listening sessions that it will host this spring.  A copy of the invitation letter from Acting BLM Director Mike Pool to each tribal leader is available at http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/wo/Communications_Directorate/public_affairs/news_release_attachments.Par.59329.File.dat/tribal_listening.pdf

Tribal listening sessions across the country will provide opportunities for tribes to talk with BLM officials in person on a range of public lands topics of interest to them.  Information and recommendations obtained through the meetings will benefit the BLM’s initiatives and objectives as it continues to meet its tribal consultation and land management responsibilities.

The states of Colorado and New Mexico will conduct a regional listening session on April 24, 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 4-7 PM at the Center Marriot Journal Center, 5151 Journal Center Boulevard.  Please contact Signa Larralde (signa_larralde@blm.gov or 505-438-7637) with any questions or for additional information. The following is a complete list of the locations and dates of the BLM Regional Tribal Listening Sessions:

April 8, 2009, Phoenix, Arizona
BLM National Training Center, 12-4 PM
9828 N. 31st Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85051 (602-906-5500) 
Participating States: Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico
Contact:  Michael D. Johnson (Michael_d_johnson@blm.gov or 602-417-9236)

April 15, 2009, Billings, Montana
Hampton Inn, 9 AM-Noon
5110 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101 (406-896-5214)
Participating States: Montana and Wyoming
Contact:  Gary Smith (gary_smith@blm.gov or 406-896-5214)

April 24, 2009, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Center Marriott Journal Center, 4-7 PM
5151 Journal Center Boulevard, Albuquerque, New Mexico  87109 (505-823-1919)
Participating States: New Mexico and Colorado
Contact:  Signa Larralde (signa_larralde@blm.gov or 505-438-7637)

May 6, 2009, Boise, Idaho
BLM Idaho State Office, Natural Resource Center, 1-4 PM
1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise, Idaho 83709 (208-373-4016)
Participating States: Idaho, Nevada and Oregon
Contact: Stan McDonald (stan_mcdonald@blm.gov or 208-373-4043) or Cheryle Zwang (cheryle_zwang@blm.gov or 208-373-4016)

May 19, 2009, Reno, Nevada
Eldorado Hotel and Casino, Bordeaux/Claret Rooms, 4-8 PM
345 N. Virginia, Reno, Nevada 89501 (800-648-4597)
Participating States: Nevada, California and Oregon
Contact:  Tom Burke (tom_burke@blm.gov or 775-861-6415)

May 20, 2009, Palm Springs, California
Spa Resort Casino Hotel, Canyon Conference Center, 2-6 PM
100 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262 (888-999-1995).
Participating States:  California
Contact: Rolla Queen (rolla_queen@blm.gov or 951-697-5386)

During the listening session, agency officials will solicit ideas and recommendations for improving how the BLM consults with tribes and any other suggestions for enhancing their efforts to work with the tribes.  If attending a listening session is not possible and there is a need to meet individually with a BLM State or Field Office, please get in touch with (insert contact name and information) to make appropriate arrangements. 

This BLM outreach effort will facilitate improving the agency’s procedures and policies for consultation with tribes.  Input will also augment appropriate revisions to the national Programmatic Agreement. 
 
The BLM manages more land – 256 million acres – than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation.  The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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