BLM Central California District to Host Resource Advisory Council Meeting


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EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management will host an in-person public meeting of the BLM Central California Resource Advisory Council (RAC) on Wednesday, September 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Visalia Hampton Inn, 4747 W Noble Ave., Visalia, CA. The meeting is open to the public with a public comment period scheduled at 12:30 p.m. The BLM will also host a field tour at Case Mountain on Tuesday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The council will hear presentations on the Keysville Recreation Area Management Plan and the Case Mountain Forest Health Project. The BLM is about halfway through these projects and is seeking the RAC’s input on their progress. The Resource Advisory Council will also receive updates from the BLM Central California District Fire Services and recreation programs utilized throughout the district. 

The meeting will include a virtual option via Zoom. Meeting participants utilizing this option must register in advance to attend at Upon registering, participants will receive an email including the meeting link and dial-in numbers. The public will be given an opportunity to address the RAC during the meeting at 12:30 p.m. Time for individual public comments may be limited due to the number of persons wishing to speak. Written statements to address the council may also be sent prior to the meeting to the BLM Central California District Office, Attention: RAC meeting comments, 5152 Hillsdale Circle, El Dorado Hills, CA  95762 or emailed comments may be submitted to and will be recorded in the meeting minutes.

“We are looking forward to sharing these projects in Bakersfield with the public and our partners as well as projects throughout the district and wildland fire prevention activities,” said Central California District Manager Chris Heppe. “By getting involved in these efforts, we all can help shape the future management of our public lands.”

Individuals participating in the field tour will meet at 11 a.m. on September 12 at the Visalia Hampton Inn, 4 W Noble Ave., Visalia, CA. Members of the public are welcome on the field tour, but must provide their own transportation, meals, and water. To attend the field tour, please RSVP by September 8 to Philip Oviatt at

The 12-member council advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of planning and management issues associated with BLM public lands in central California. The BLM maintains 38 chartered advisory committees throughout the West. Each citizen-based council consists of members from diverse interests in local communities, who assist in the development of committee recommendations by sharing their unique perspectives.

To learn more about the Central California RAC, visit See the meeting agenda here. Please contact us for reasonable accommodations to participate. For specific questions, please contact BLM Central California District Public Affairs Officer Philip Oviatt at or 661-432-4252.

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.