BLM Central California District to host Resource Advisory Council meeting


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Cotoni-Coast Dairies seen from  the air: a green and yellow pasture receding to the ocean.

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management has rescheduled its in-person public meeting of the BLM Central California Resource Advisory Council (RAC) for Thurs., Feb. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn, 2956 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA. The meeting is open to the public with a public comment period scheduled at 1 p.m. The revised meeting agenda can be found online at

The BLM will also host a field tour at the Cotoni-Coast Dairies on Wed., Feb. 28, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals participating in the field tour will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn, 2956 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 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 Feb. 23 to Philip Oviatt at

The public meeting will include a virtual option via Zoom. Meeting participants must register in advance to attend at Upon registering, participants will receive an email, including the meeting link and dial-in numbers.

The council will be briefed on the management of the Cotoni-Coast Dairies unit of the California Coastal National Monument in Santa Cruz County. The BLM is also seeking feedback on implementation projects, including habitat restoration and recreation facility development. The Resource Advisory Council will also receive updates from the BLM Central California District and field offices. In addition, the Council will hear fee proposals from the USDA Forest Service for sites located in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Stanislaus National Forest.

“We are looking forward to sharing updates on activities at Cotoni-Coast Dairies with the public and our partners as well as projects throughout the district and wildland fire prevention efforts,” said Central California District Manager Chris Heppe. “We also welcome the participation of the USDA Forest Service at this RAC meeting. By getting involved in these efforts, we all can help shape the future management of our public lands.”

The public will be given an opportunity to address the RAC during the meeting. 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 in advance of the meeting to and will be recorded in the meeting minutes. 

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 Council is authorized to make recommendations on BLM and USDA Forest Service recreation fee proposals. 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 For specific questions to include reasonable accommodations to participate, 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.