BLM Meetings & Draft Proposal

Sean Alexander
by Sean Alexander
BLM Schedules Public Meetings to Prepare Draft EIS

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has scheduled five public scoping meetings to gather public comments and recommendations on the preparation of a draft environmental assessment (EA) and proposed amendment
to the 1980 California Desert Conservation Area Plan to designate vehicle routes outside the two Desert Wildlife Management Areas (DWMAs) within the Northern and Eastern Mojave (NEMO) planning area.

Each meeting will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

Monday, May 5

PFF Bank and Trust
57251 29 Palms Highway
Yucca Valley, CA

Wednesday, May 7

BLM Office
4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV

Monday, May 12

Tecopa Community Center
Tecopa Hot Springs Road
Tecopa, CA

Tuesday, May 13

Kerr-McGee Center
100 West California Ave.
Ridgecrest, CA

Thursday, May 15

Legion Hall
Highway 395
Independence, CA

Written comments will be accepted through
Friday, May 16, 2003. Comments should be mailed to:

Bureau of Land Management
Attn:Roxie Trost
2601 Barstow Road
Barstow, California 92311

Upon completion of the EA and decision processes, BLM will issue a decision record that will amend the 1980 California Desert Conservation Area Plan.

BLM released the NEMO Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement in August 2002 and a record of decision in December 2002, which in part designated routes only within the DWMAs. Upon completion of the EA and decision process BLM will designate routes of travel throughout the reminder of the planning area, which encompasses 2.7 million acres of BLM-managed public lands in eastern San Bernardino and Inyo counties and the far eastern edge of Mono County.

For more information contact Roxie Trost at (760) 252-6020.
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