[env-trinity] DFG New Release North Coast MLPA

Byron Leydecker bwl3 at comcast.net
Wed Nov 18 07:24:21 PST 2009

DFG News Release

for the California Natural Resources Agency

Blue Ribbon Task Force Named For MLPA North Coast Study Region

Nov. 16, 2009

Sandy Cooney, (916) 653-9402

Panel's First Meeting Nov. 18 and 19 in Eureka 

Sacramento, Calif. - Secretary for Natural Resources Mike Chrisman today
announced Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) membership for the Marine Life
Protection (MLPA) Initiative's North Coast Study Region. Former
Assemblywoman Virginia Strom-Martin (D-1), current Humboldt County
Supervisor Jimmy Smith and Lawyer/Mediator and Chumash Maritime Association
Co-Founder Roberta Cordero were named to the panel. Cindy Gustafson, general
manager for the Tahoe City Public Utility District was named to serve as
task force chair. These four new members join four others (below) who have
previous MLPA Task Force experience.

"We have continually stressed that local participation and involvement is
key," said Chrisman. "This diverse and knowledgeable group, that includes
local public leaders, will ensure that all interests are heard as the MLPA
planning process moves to the north coast," said Chrisman. 

The eight-member BRTF will develop alternative marine protected area
proposals along California's MLPA North Coast Study Region through
scientific analysis and expanded public input. They are expected to make
recommendations to the Fish and Game Commission late next year. The panel
will work closely with scientists, fishermen, elected officials,
conservationists, stakeholders and the public during this process. The task
force will also work to develop information and recommendations for
coordinating management of marine protected areas with federal agencies, and
provide direction for the expenditure of MLPA Initiative funds. 

The BRTF will hold its first meeting Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 9:30 a.m. and
Thursday, Nov. 19 at 8:30 a.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 1929 Fourth Street in

The MLPA North Coast Study Region BRTF includes: 

.         William W. Anderson*, President, Westrec Marina Management, Inc. 

.         Meg Caldwell*, Director and Senior Lecturer on Law, Stanford Law
School's Environment and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program 

.         Roberta R. Cordero, Lawyer/Mediator, Co-Founder Chumash Maritime

.         Cindy Gustafson, District General Manager, Tahoe City Public
Utility District

.         Catherine Reheis-Boyd*, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of
Staff, Western States Petroleum Association 

.         Gregory F. Schem*, President and Chief Executive Officer, Harbor
Real Estate Group

.         Jimmy Smith, Chair, Humboldt County Board of Supervisors

.         Virginia Strom-Martin, Advocate, Los Angeles Unified School
District and Sonoma coast resident

* Members who have previous MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force service.

For more information about the task force members, MLPA meetings, or the
MLPA Initiative, visit the MLPA Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa
<http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/> .



Byron Leydecker, JcT

Chair, Friends of Trinity River

PO Box 2327

Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327

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