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Committee NameCentral California Resource Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number2052
Original Establishment Date10/21/1976Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date3/5/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*BLM's Central California District Manager
Date Of Renewal Charter3/5/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Este
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Stifel
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Federal Land Policy and Management Act, Sec. 309Designated Federal Officer Phone*(916) 978-4626
Effective Date Of Authority*10/21/1976Designated Federal Officer Fax*(916) 978-4699
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Since the inception of the Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Councils in 1995, Central California has had an outstanding core of members who have led the Council to some significant accomplishments. This RAC developed a mission statement for itself that has guided its work. This RAC was in the forefront of writing the Grazing Standards and Guidelines, and that established an early pattern of collaboration. This was especially helpful when the Council developed and approved Range Improvement Funds priorities. The BLM staff says that the guidelines have proven very helpful, even today. When the Pilot Fee Program was announced, the Central California RAC developed an exhaustive set of guidelines for BLM managers to consider before imposing or increasing fees. The five page document proved so helpful that other California RACs incorporated portions of it into their own recommendations, and the BLM's Washington Office recreation staff borrowed language from the document for their own general guidelines. Another major accomplishment is the culmination of a 4 year effort to establish Recreation Standards & Guidelines for Central California. The document has been widely distributed throughout BLM and has been well-received. Since that time, the RAC has passed a number of recommendations. These include preserving the military history of Fort Ord and including the Alabama Hills as an NLCS unit.The RAC has subgroups for the Alabama Hills Recreation Area managed by the BLM's Bishop Field Office, and travel management in the Temblors Range managed by the Bakersfield Field Office. Other subgroups expected to be formed once the group can reconvene include Community Forestry and the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.
How is membership balanced?*The Central California Resource Advisory Council is composed of 12 members (once the proposed appointments are approved) distributed in a balanced fashion into three groups. Category I includes those holding Federal grazing permits or leases, interests associated with transportation or rights-of-way, developed outdoor recreation, OHV users, or commercial recreation activities, commercial timber industry, or energy and mineral development. Category II includes nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, dispersed recreation activities, archaeological and historical interests, or nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups. Category III includes state, county, or locally elected office-holders, employee of a State agency responsible for the management of natural resources, Indian Tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized, are employed as academicians in natural resource management or the natural sciences, or represent the public-at-large.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The RAC, which usually meets 2 times a year, did not meet in FY18.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Council is necessary for the continuing task of implementing the Standards and Guidelines for Rangelands. The RAC also is needed to advise the agency on a variety of developing issues such as management of properties being acquired by the BLM and abandoned mine lands. Other federal agencies also utilize the Central California RAC to review fee increases and other issues, which require RAC concurrence. The RAC is also an important tool for outreach to various constituencies.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public. Notices of the meetings are published in the Federal Register, posted on the BLM California website, and distributed to local newspapers.
Recommendation RemarksThe RAC did not meet and did not provide recommendations in FY18.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe BLM incorporates RAC input into land use planning processes and decision-making processes and discussion, and when setting priorities and allocating resources.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentTypically, the RAC holds two in-person meetings each year: however, no meetings were held in FY2018. When it next reconvenes, the RAC will continue discussion on a number of high priority issues, including fire rehab and fuels management, management of new monuments and land acquisitions, and oil and gas. The U.S. Forest Service is also waiting for the CenCal RAC to meet in order for it to review it's changes to policy. The RAC also will be involved in planning for the Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument and other National Monument/Conservation Lands areas expansions/dedications if they occur.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentAn in-depth analysis has not been done to determine cost savings associated with the Central California RAC. However, the contributions of the RAC are of great benefit to the BLM.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*17Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe RAC had one recommendation in FY 2016.Total Recommendations to date: #1 Management of the Yuba Goldfields.#2 BLM Sustaining Working Landscapes Program.#3 To establish a Clear Creek Management Area Technical Review Team. Recommendation.#4 Resolution concerning eligibility of South Fork American River for wild and scenic river designation. Recommendation.#5 Implement recreation fees at the Clear Creek Management Area. Recommendation.#6 Preserve military history when planning at Fort Ord. Recommendation.#7 Support community-based planning at the Alabama Hills. Recommendation.#8 Work with local residents and other stakeholders to develop a community-based stewardship strategy for Chalfant. Recommendation.#9 Establish an OHV subgroup to develop evaluation criteria for potential OHV areas or modifying existing areas. #10 Designate the Alabama Hills a National Scenic Area as proposed by stakeholders.#11 Recommend BLM use OHV evaluation criteria.#12 Establish grazing standards and guidelines.#13 OHV Subgroup should work with the Hollister Field Office to identify OHV opportunities in Clear Creek Management Area outside the Serpentine Area of Critical Environmental Concern.#14 OHV Subgroup should work with the Mother Lode Field Office to identify potential areas – focusing on areas of 50-200 acres - for OHV use. #15 consider funding and capacity issues in the potential transfer of Lake Berryessa from USBR to BLM.#16 Designate the Alabama Hills as an NSA.#17 Allow the proposed Bishop campground fees to go to the next step.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*66.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe BLM fully implemented the following Central California RAC recommendations:The Sierra Resource Management Plan lists South Fork American River as eligible and suitable for wild and scenic river designation. The BLM implemented recreation fees at the Clear Creek Management Area.The BLM will consider military history in developing the plan for Fort Ord National Monument.There is an active community-based group for the Alabama Hills.There is an active community-based group for Chalfant.The BLM has grazing standards and guidelines.The Bishop campground fees will proceed to the final stages.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*33.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe BLM has partially implemented the following Central California RAC recommendations:The BLM considered the Clear Creek Management Area Technical Review Team, but it was never finalized. The BLM adopted screening criteria for OHV areas. The BLM has not had an opportunity to use the criteria when modifying or expanding OHV areas.The Hollister and Mother Lode field offices have discussed potential areas with RAC members.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThere is media notification of RAC meetings and coverage in the online BLM-California publication news.bytes and social media.
Agency Feedback CommentFeedback is given to the RAC through meeting minutes, web-site postings, regular e-mail correspondence/phone calls, status briefings, and reports at subsequent meetings. The RAC has begun implementing video teleconferences as a way to meet at reduced cost.Narrative Description*The BLM's Central California RAC provides representative citizen council and advice to the Secretary of the Interior through the Bureau of Land Management's California State Director concerning the planning and management of public land resources located within the jurisdictional boundaries of the five field offices in the Central California region: Bakersfield, Bishop, Mother Lode, Central Coast and Ukiah.
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001570Central California Resource Advisory Council2017
 COM-002774Central California Resource Advisory Council2016
 COM-003706Central California Resource Advisory Council2015
 COM-004996Central California Resource Advisory Council2014
 COM-005774Central California Resource Advisory Council2013
 COM-006986Central California Resource Advisory Council2012
 COM-007865Central California Resource Advisory Council2011
 COM-009162Central California Resource Advisory Council2010
 COM-009996Central California Resource Advisory Council2009
 COM-011225Central California Resource Advisory Council2008
 COM-011850Central California Resource Advisory Council2007
 COM-012958Central California Resource Advisory Council2006
 COM-013692Central California Resource Advisory Council2005
 COM-014817Central California Resource Advisory Council2004
 COM-015545Central California Resource Advisory Council2003
 COM-016808Central California Resource Advisory Council2002
 COM-017470Central California Resource Advisory Council2001
 COM-018928Central California Resource Advisory Council2000
 COM-019343Central California Resource Advisory Council1999
 COM-020687Central California Resource Advisory Council1998
 COM-021089Central California Resource Advisory Council1997
 COM-033220Central California Resource Advisory Council2018