BLM Central California Resource Advisory Council appoints new members

| Suzy Johnson | Access Issues

The Bureau of Land Management appointed six new members to serve three-year terms on the Central California Resource Advisory Council. The members were selected based on their interest and expertise in public land management.

“We are excited to have this citizen-based council in place to help us manage public lands in Central California,” wrote BLM Central California District Manager Chris Heppe in a news release.

The new council members are California residents who represent specific interest groups: Shaun Crook, Groveland, commercial timber; James Phelan, Sonora, dispersed recreation; Warren Allsup, Bishop, public-at-large; and Dr. Nancy Muleady-Mecham, Arnold, academia. Mary Gorden, Lemon Cove, archaeological and historical interests; and Laurie Collom, Tehachapi, public-at-large; were reappointed after having previously served on the council.

The newly appointed members join current RAC members: Don Amador, Oakley, OHV users; Trent Rosenlieb, Laguna Niguel, energy and minerals; Carl Twisselman, McKittrick, grazing; Bart Drescher, Angwin, dispersed recreation; and Matt Kingsley, Lone Pine, elected official and chairman.

Heppe wrote, "We have a great group of new and returning members who have a broad range of experiences and will bring unique perspectives to the BLM resources we oversee.”

The Central California RAC is one of 37 BLM advisory committees providing recommendations on public land management in the western states. The council will advise on the BLM’s multiple-use mission in the Bakersfield, Bishop, Central Coast, Mother Lode, and Ukiah field offices.

RAC meetings are open to the public and will be scheduled throughout the year in person or virtually if CDC COVID-19 guidelines preclude on-site meetings. Time will be provided for public comment. For more information on the Central California Resource Advisory Council, visit

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