BLM Vehicle Access Feedback

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is soliciting public participation in thedevelopment of a vehicle access network for the public lands north of the cityof Barstow, and south of Superior Valley.

An open house will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2001, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.atthe Barstow Field Office, BLM, located at 2601 Barstow Road in the city ofBarstow, CA. BLM staff will be available to discuss the suggested network. Thepublic is invited to "field check" the suggested network and provide theircomments to BLM during the 90-days following release of the maps and reports...

BLM has prepared detailed maps and a written report that describes apreliminaryaccess network. The maps and report are now available. Copies are availableuponrequest from the BLM.

Development of a vehicle access network will implement a decision reached bytheBLM in 1980 when it completed the California Desert Conservation Area plan. Theplan directed BLM to design and designate such a network on public landsthroughout the deserts of southern California. This "route designation process"is now being implemented through the new West Mojave plan, an interagencywildlife conservation plan currently being developed by a consortium of desertcities, counties and agencies. Based upon the public comments received duringthe 90-day public review, BLM will develop a modified proposed route network,which will be used as the preferred alternative in the West Mojave plan.

The Superior area is one of 21 regions into which the western Mojave desert hasbeen subdivided for purposes of developing a network of vehicle access routes.When completed, the network will provide recreational and other access topubliclands while at the same time protecting sensitive natural and culturalresources.

Once a proposed network is developed, it will be discussed at public meetingstobe held during the late summer and fall of 2001. Following publication of adraft environmental impact statement on the West Mojave plan late in 2001,additional public hearings will be held. This field review, therefore, is butthe first of several opportunities for public involvement in the routedesignation process.


Attend these meetings, provide brief, polite and concise comment, both writtenand oral. Let the BLM know that there is a need for responsible motorizedrecreation opportunities and access in California. Ask that OHV recreation beintegrated with the Mojave Plan.

If you cannot attend this meeting you still need to provide written comment.Send your comments to the Bureau of Land Management, Attn: West Mojave PlanningTeam, 6221 Box Springs Blvd., Riverside, CA 92507. For more information contactthe West Mojave team at (909) 697-5294. Comments regarding the proposed routenetwork for the Superior region must be received by no later than Wednesday,August 15, 2001.

This is your chance to be proactive in protecting your right to ride! Printthis notice and distribute it at local motorcycle shops, and among allmotorcycle & ATV riders and encourage them to provide comment as well.

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