EL CENTRO, JUNE 19, 2014 â€“ Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has appointed Imperial County Board of Supervisor Ray Castillo, District 5 to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) citizen- based California Desert District Advisory Council (DAC) which advises the BLM on public land issues.
“It’s an honor to be appointed to the BLM District Advisory Council. I am committed to continue working closely with BLM in reaching balanced decisions to reflect the challenges and accomplishments of our regionâ€™s outdoor resources, the renewable energy industry, on the biological needs of wildlife, and on off-highway recreation among other mattersâ€, said Supervisor Castillo.
Supervisor Ray Castillo will represent the Imperial Valley region.
The 15 member DAC works closely with BLM field office managers in Ridgecrest, Needles, Barstow, Palm Springs, El Centro and the desert district office in Moreno Valley.
Congress through the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 established the California Desert District Advisory Council.
The Desert Advisory Council is a valuable panel of citizens that provides valuable input and advice into the management of over 11 million acres of public land throughout the southern California desert.
The BLM’s resource advisory councils (RACs), composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the agency carry out its stewardship of 261 million acres of public lands.
The bureau, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has 24 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located.
As an agency of the Department of the Interior, it is responsible for managing various public land uses – such as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production – while conserving the land’s natural, historical, and cultural resources.