BLM California Desert District announces five appointments to Desert Advisory Council


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A group of council members stand at a corral in the desert. Photo by Sarah K. Webster/BLM.MORENO VALLEY, Calif. - The Bureau of Land Management has appointed five members to the California Desert District citizen-based Desert Advisory Council, which advises the agency on over 10 million acres of southern California desert public land management issues.  The DAC is composed of members with diverse interests and backgrounds.

"The Desert Advisory Council is a valuable panel of citizens that provides input and advice into the management of more than 11 million acres of public land throughout the southern California desert,” states Ben Gruber, Acting California Desert District Manager. "I welcome the newest members and look forward to continuing the strong working relationship we enjoy with the council.”

The newly appointed members of the BLM California Desert District Advisory Council include:

  • James Kenney, archaeological interests
  • James Bagley, public-at-large
  • Samuel P. Whitehead, public-at-large
  • Daniel Taylor, developed outdoor recreation interests
  • Edward S. Stovin, off-highway-vehicle users

Resource Advisory Councils, such as the DAC, are composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues and help the BLM carry out its nation-wide stewardship of 245 million acres – the largest land portfolio of any federal agency. The BLM maintains 38-chartered advisory committees in the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. 

Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members who represent stakeholder interests in public land management, such as conservationists, outdoor recreationists, ranchers, industry officials, tribal leaders, state and local government officers, academics and others.

For more information on becoming involved in the California Desert District Advisory Council, please visit

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.