Minutes - Friday
October 21, 2005
Resource Advisory Council members present and
Robert Maichle Environment
Garacian Uhalde Ranching/Grazing
Bureau of Land Management representatives present:
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 Las Vegas Field Office of the BLM. Persons desiring to review said minutes should contact Hillerie Patton, public affairs specialist, at (702) 515 5046.Steve Mellington called the meeting to order at 7:45 a.m.
7:45 a.m. – Welcome and introductions
Ron Wenker announced that he had asked Juan Palma to be the Designated Field Officer for the Southern-Mojave Great Basin RAC. He thanked Gene Kolkman and the Ely Office for all of their work. Juan announced that Hillerie Patton will become coordinator & Karen Eller will continue to be minute taker.
7:51 a.m. – Housekeeping Issues
7:55 a.m. – Review/Approval of the August 12, 2005 Meeting
Hillerie Patton introduced herself.
8:00 a.m. – Election of 2006 Officers
For Vice Chair Weisser, Eastley & Young nominated Hiatt. Eastley moved to close nominations. All members agreed on Hiatt.
8:10 a.m. – Establish Fiscal Year 2006 Priorities
Mellington suggested that this RAC didn’t do as much as it could have done. He asked Juan & Gerry what they would like to see the RAC focus on.
Palma brought up the Legacy Plan – and explained that this document explains the needs and goals of the LVFO. He also brought up state wide issues like land health and urban growth & development. LVFO leadership team has discussed LVFO priorities for 06. He gave the RAC several examples of these priorities.
Hiatt suggested adding OHV management as an issue that needs to be addressed for the Ely District. Mellington suggested addressing OHV issues within the RMP issue.
Young brought up the issue of urban growth. She suggested being proactive with this.
Hiatt suggested making the issue of Invasive plants a priority. Try to get ahead of the curve on the new invasives that we have a chance to deal with. BLM be proactive on this issue. Time is of the essence - they are coming at an alarming rate. Work with the rd dept and the BLM, dot to create a partnership committed to everyone working towards the same goal.
Young stated that continued WH&B management for AML for the different HMA’s is necessary. This was added to the WH&B priority.
Beck stated that the RAC should be able to produce something from the priorities.
Members reviewed suggestions and prioritized as follows:
Environmental Impact Statements: Virgin River, Conservation Transfer Area, Water EIS, Ivanpah Airport
Other Issues Brought to the RAC’s Attention
>Hiatt suggested establishing sub-committees to address the sub-topics of the priorities to get more accomplished throughout the year.
9:40 a.m. – Establish Fiscal Year 2006 Meeting Dates & Locations
Mellington asked about the budget in relation to the meetings. Jo Simpson suggested if field trips are included, have them a subject of one of the priorities listed. Hillerie suggested making sure that all field trips are attended on the original date.
November 4, 2005, Las Vegas - Ely RMP
January 20, 2005, Las Vegas Field Office - Gold Butte
March 23, 2006 Ivanpah Airport Tour
June 15 & 16, 2006 Ely
August 17, 2006 Tonopah Field Station & August 18,2006 - Rhyolite Tour
Young was concerned about the need to establish criteria to be able to measure progress.
Hillerie wrote down the +/- of the meeting on how to improve efficiency of future meetings.
10:17 a.m. – Adjourn
- There being no further business, Mellington adjourned the meeting at 10:17 a.m.
APPROVED BY: Steve Mellington, Chair, Mojave-Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council
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