U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Mojave-Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council Meeting Minutes
Resource Advisory Council members present and category represented:
Resource Advisory Council members absent:
Jerry Helton, Transportation/Row (Chair)
Kenny Anderson, Native American
Mark N. Ioli, Mineral Development
Bureau of Land Management representatives present:
Gene Kolkman, BLM Ely Field Office Mgr
Stephanie Connolly, BLM Ely Field Office Associate Field Mgr
Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely Field Office PAO
Mark Morse, BLM Las Vegas Field Office Manager
Angie Lara, BLM Las Vegas Field Office Assoc. Mgr
Gerald Smith, Battle Mt Field Office Mgr
Karen Eller, BLM Tonopah Field Station PAO
There was no one from the public in attendance.
A copy of each attachment is listed in the text of or at the end of these minutes and is also on file with the official copy of the minutes in the Ely Field Office of the BLM. Persons desiring to review said minutes should contact Chris Hanefeld, public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842.
8:05 a.m. Steve Mellington, chairperson, called the meeting to order. He reviewed the agenda.
Mark Morse announced that he is retiring in January of 2005. He said the RAC has given the BLM credibility to have good relations with groups that might otherwise be in contention.
9 a.m. Establishment of FY 2005 priorities:
Steve asked for suggestions for 2005 agenda issues.
After brainstorming, Steve stated that in 2004 this RAC did a lot of things, discussed a lot of issues, but didn’t really accomplish very much. This year he would like to give priority to a few issues. This would give the group the ability focus on these issues and make sure that the RAC accomplishes these tasks. Everyone agreed.
Angie suggested developing workable models. Brief discussion ensued regarding volunteerism.
The following were decided to be FY 2005 issues:
--BLM Public interaction (improve BLM use and understanding of volunteers – develop practice program)
public outreach (environmental education)
Positioning for demographic change
--Land Mgmt planning
Sloan Canyon Planning Process
LCCRDA (Lincoln County Conservation Recreation and Development Act)
Wind and other alternative energy sources
Impacts to other recreational uses
Permitted events and related issues
--Water - Rural to urban transfers
Sage Grouse / Sage Brush
Large Ungulates (Lincoln County Elk)
Invasive Species (flora/fauna)
Soils Studies & Monitoring
Increased demands/conflicts (equestrians, OHV, hikers, etc)
Retention of open space
Proactive education, interpretation and protection of historic and cultural sites
Establishing , Achieving and Maintaining AML
Herd Mgmt techniques, maintaining healthy herds
Mitigating resource damage
USFS wild horses
Status of range improvements
Backlog, accomplishments and approvals/denials
Red Rock Canyon
--SNPLMA review (info on what members are voting on)
Project List, Schedule and Ranking
9:50 a.m. Out of the above, it was decided that the following were the top 5 priorities:
Public & BLM interaction
Land Mgmt Planning
10:00 a.m. Establishment of FY 2005 meeting dates/locations.
January 20-21 – Las Vegas, at Red Rock
April 14-15 - Caliente
June TBA - Ely
August 11-12 – Tonopah
10: 15 a.m. Election of officers for FY 2005.
Dr. John Hiatt nominated Steve Mellington as Chair, Dr. Colleen Beck second. All voted in favor. Joni Eastley moved to close the vote.
Dr. Colleen Beck nominated John Hiatt as Vice Chairman, Joni Eastley second.
Billie Young nominated Jerry Helton as Vice Chairman, Steve Mellington second.
The members voted 6 to 3 for John Hiatt as Vice Chairman.
10:40 a.m. Review and approval of previous meeting’s minutes: Steve Mellington, chairperson.
Dr. John Hiatt made a motion to approve the minutes, Bob Maichle second. All approved.
John Weisser commented on quality of the minutes. Bob Maichle agreed.
10:45 a.m. Bob Maichle made the motion to adjourn, John Weisser second. All were in favor.
- There being no further business, Steve Mellington recessed the meeting at 10:45 a.m.
/s/ Steve Mellington, Chair, January 20, 2005
Mojave-Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council
-Minutes provided by Karen M. Eller, BLM Tonopah Field Station -
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