News.bytes Extra, issue 266

BLM joins in signing of "historic" agreement with SMUD

After five years of negotiation, BLM and more than a dozen agencies and interests signed what was termed a "historic" agreement to better manage recreation values and land and water resources along the American River near Sacramento while still providing much needed electrical power. The multifaceted agreements were signed in a ceremony Monday, January 30, 2007 at the headquarters of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in Sacramento. Signing with SMUD and the other utility involved, the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. were BLM, the Forest Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, State and local agencies, and recreational and environmental interests.

Calling the agreements a "collaborative process" where "everybody didn't get what they wanted," SMUD's Jim Shettler said the agreements were a "very good decision" that will guide the recreation and utility interests for "we hope the next 50 years."

State Director Mike Pool signed the agreements for BLM, declaring that the "public interest was well-served" in the lengthy negotiations and declaring the collaborative process "much better than litigation." Jim Eicher, Folsom BLM's Associate Field Manager, who was BLM's representative at the negotiations, said everyone involved "negotiated their interests in a fair and equitable fashion," adding that the effort was "not easy" but "the right thing" to do.

Signing the agreement are, from left: David Moller of PG&E, SMUD board member Susan Patterson, BLM California State Directory Mike Pool and Jim Shettler of SMUD:
Four participants sign the agreement, including BLM California State Director Mike Pool

Representative of more than a dozen entities signed the agreement:
Representative of more than a dozen entities signed the agreement

- 1/30/07

BLM California News.bytes, issue 266