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Call for Nominations for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee

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AGENCY:

Bureau of Land Management, Interior; Forest Service, Agriculture.

SUMMARY:

Under the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Act of 2000, Public Law 106-351 (16 U.S.C. 431 note), the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service are opening nominations for five members of the public to serve on the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee. Nominations will be accepted for forty-five days following the publication date of this notice. The call for nominations is for representatives for the California Department of Fish and Game or the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the cities of Palm Springs and La Quinta, a representative of a local conservation organization, and a representative of a local developer or builder organization.

Committee members will be appointed to serve 3-year terms. The three-year term would begin November 2003. All members will serve without pay but will be reimbursed for travel and per diem expense at the current rates for government employees under 5 U.S.C. 5703. The Secretary of the Interior will make appointments to the Committee with the concurrence of the Secretary of Agriculture.

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Act of 2000 (Act) required that the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture establish a National Monument Advisory Committee (Committee) to advise them on resource management issues associated with the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, specifically providing guidance on the National Monument Plan. This notice requests the public to submit nominations for five memberships on the Committee. The Committee is managed under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

As directed by the Act, the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture jointly established an advisory committee for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument (Monument). The Committee's purpose is to advise the Secretaries with respect to the preparation and implementation of a management plan for the Monument. The Committee meets every other month on a Saturday. The purpose of the Committee is to gather and analyze information, conduct studies and field examinations, hear public testimony, ascertain facts, and, in an advisory capacity only, develop recommendations concerning planning for the management and uses of the National Monument. The designated Federal officer, or his or her designee, in connection with special needs for advice, may call additional meetings. A Committee Chairperson and Vice Chairperson will be elected by the Committee from among its' members annually.

Any individual or organization may nominate one or more persons to serve on the Committee. Individuals may nominate themselves for Committee membership. You may obtain nomination forms that each agency requires from the BLM or Forest Service by contacting the individuals listed in ADDRESSES below. To make a nomination, you must submit completed nomination forms, letters of reference from the represented interests or organization, and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualification, to the offices listed above. You may make nominations for the following categories of interest, as specified in the Act: (1) a representative of the California Department of Fish and Game or the California Department of State Parks (2) a representative from each of the following cities: Palm Springs and La Quinta (3) a representative of a local conservation organization (4) a representative of a local developer or builder organization. Nominations to the Committee should describe and document the proposed member's qualifications for membership on the Advisory Committee. Nomination packets will include the nominee's legal name.

DATES:

Submit nomination packets to the address listed below no later than 45 days after the publication of this notice to call for nominations in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES:

Request nomination packets and send completed nomination packets to: Advisory Committee Nominations, Ms. Danella George, Bureau of Land Management, PO Box 581260, North Palm Springs, California, 92258-1260.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Danella George, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, (760) 251-4800.

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Dated: February 25, 2003.

Danella George,

Designated Federal Official, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee, and Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Manager, Bureau of Land Management.

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[FR Doc. 03-9123 Filed 4-15-03; 8:45 am]

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