CALIFORNIA-Public Meetings Scheduled to Address West Mojave Desert Routes...

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January 09, 2012 11:46 PM

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Desert District has scheduled eight public scoping meetings to gather public comments and recommendations on the preparation of Environmental Assessments (EA) for eight travel management areas within the West Mojave Planning Area. This information will be used to compile travel management area information and develop preliminary route network alternatives for the West Mojave planning area. Area residents and others interested in the public lands and the area public lands route network are encouraged to attend.

CALIFORNIA - Public Meetings Scheduled to Address West Mojave Desert Routes of Travel Designations
 
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Desert District has scheduled eight public scoping meetings to gather public comments and recommendations on the preparation of Environmental Assessments (EA) for eight travel management areas within the West Mojave Planning Area. This information will be used to compile travel management area information and develop preliminary route network alternatives for the West Mojave planning area.

Area residents and others interested in the public lands and the area public lands route network are encouraged to attend.  Public input relative to local area knowledge, issues and opportunities, including route access changes, are needed.

Meetings for Travel Management Areas under the jurisdiction of the Barstow Field Office will be held at the Barstow Field Office, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311.  Meetings for Travel Management Areas under the jurisdiction of the Ridgecrest Field Office will be held at the Kerr-McGee Bldg, 100 West California Ave, Ridgecrest, CA 93555.

All scoping meetings are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and include a presentation and an open-house opportunity to review maps and provide route-specific and location-specific comments to the BLM.  The public is encouraged to attend the travel management plan meetings to assure that comments are accurately captured, including location, route or site identification, specific issues, and rationale.  You may also provide written comments.

  • Monday, January 9 TMA 1:  Broadwell Lake, Afton Canyon and East of Barstow Signing Subregions in the Barstow Field Office.
  • Wednesday, January 18 TMA 2:  Sierras, Darwin, and North and South Searles Signing Subregions in the Kerr-McGee Center.
  • Thursday, January 26 TMA 3:  Juniper, Rattlesnake, Morongo, Wonder Valley and Joshua Tree Signing Subregions in the Barstow Field Office and the northern most portions of PSSC in WEMO.
  • Monday, February 6 TMA 4:  Jawbone, Middle Knob and Lancaster Signing Subregions in the Kerr-McGee Center.
  • Thursday, February 9 TMA 5:  WEMO North Barstow Desert Wildlife Management Area Signing Subregions North of I-15 and SR 58 in the Barstow Field Office.
  • Tuesday, February 14 TMA 6:  Ridgecrest, El Paso, Rands and Red Mtn Signing Subregions in the Kerr-McGee Center.
  • Thursday, February 16 TMA 7:  El Mirage (including Edwards Bowl area), Fremont, and Iron Mountains Signing Subregions South of SR 58 in the Barstow Field Office.
  • Tuesday, February 21 TMA 8:  Lands adjacent to Stoddard and Johnson OHV Areas, and other Signing Subregions in the Barstow and Needles Field Offices South of I-40 and North of SR 247 including, and East of Interstate I-15.

Preliminary alternatives will be provided for review and public comment after scoping for specific areas are completed.  Additional public meetings will be held by the Desert Advisory Council Subgroup currently being formed for the West Mojave Route Network.  The public will have the opportunity to participate in these subgroup meetings.

The BLM will consider public comments, as feasible, until the BLM proposed Travel Management Plans are published.  For more information or to submit a comment contact:  Edy Seehafer, West Mojave Project Manager, Bureau of Land Management, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311,  by email at cawemopa@blm.gov, or by phone at (760) 252-6021.  Additional information is also posted at the West Mojave Amendment Website at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd/west_mojave__wemo.html.   Please respond by April 15, 2012, with scoping comments and/or to be added to the mailing list.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Thanks in advance for your support,
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

 

 

 


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