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BLM seeks nominations for 5 SoCal residents to serve on advisory board

May 26, 2001

for The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations for five Southern Californians with an interest and knowledge of the California desert and its natural resources to serve on the BLM's California Desert District Advisory Council for the 2002-2004 three-year term.

The council is made up of 15 members who represent the broad range of public land-use interests in the California desert. The council advises BLM California Desert District Manager Tim Salt on policies and programs for about 11.5 million acres of public lands throughout Southern California.

"BLM relies on council members to bring their expertise and knowledge of the California desert into the decision-making process," said Salt. "Each member represents a specific interest category and together the 15 members provide a broad range of representation on the council."

The five positions to be filled are two recreation representatives and one representative each for public-at-large, nonrenewable resources and wildlife. Council members serve three-year terms and may be nominated for reappointment for an additional three-year term. Three members (public-at-large, wildlife and recreation) are eligible for reappointment, and two members (recreation and nonrenewable resources) are completing their second three-year terms and are not eligible for reappointment.

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Any group or individual may nominate a qualified person. Individuals may also nominate themselves. Nominees may contact BLM external affairs at (909) 697-5220 or write to the address below and request a copy of the nomination form.

Nominations must include the name of the nominee, work and home addresses, phone numbers, fax number and a biological sketch that includes the nominee's work, public service record and applicable outside interests that qualify him or her for the position. Nominees should also specify a category of interest in which the nominee is best qualified to offer advice to the BLM.

All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference. Nominees will be evaluated based on their education, training and knowledge of the BLM, the California District and the issues involving BLM-administered public lands within Southern California.

Advisory council members are appointed or reappointed by the Secretary of Interior, generally in late December or early January. The term for the new appointees will begin Jan. 1, 2002.

Nominations for the California Desert District Advisory Council must be received by Aug. 31 and should be sent to the District Manager, California Desert District, 6221 Box Springs Blvd., Riverside, CA 92507.

For more information call Dora Sanchez, BLM external affairs, at (909) 697-5220.

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