California - Very Important Meetings To Attend

You can use www.mapquest.com (driving directions) to find the addresses listed below.

The Bureau of Land Management released the West Mojave Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report and Statement for public review and comments last month. The BLM has scheduled a series of meetings to gather public comments on the draft document.

The West Mojave Plan involves 9.3 million acres of private and pubic land in San Bernardino, Kern, Los Angeles, and Inyo counties and will be an amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan. If approved by local government, the West Mojave Plan will be the largest habitat conservation plan (HCP) to date and provide a streamlined mechanism for private land owners to meet state and federal habitat mitigation requirements when developing private property.

The West Mojave Plan will incorporate the designation of routes of travel on pubic land throughout the region. The previous BLM route of travel designation proposal is also included (with some changes) in the draft. According to the BLM the route designations are still in the decision-making process.

It is imperative that we have a good turnout of desert residents that know the area where the roads designations are taking place. If you have areas on public land where you recreate or otherwise need motorized access, it is strongly recommended that you attend and express your concerns

regarding the roads you use.

The Executive Summary for the West Mojave Plan is available online at

http://www.ca.blm.gov/pdfs/cdd_pdfs/wemo_pdfs/ExSum.fnForWeb.4.26.pdf and

the Draft Environmental Impact Report is available online at

http://www.ca.blm.gov/pdfs/cdd_pdfs/wemo_pdfs/draft-eir/index.html

We need a very good turnout to attend these meetings. Bring a friend or two.

The schedule for public comment meetings is listed below. All meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. and conclude no later than 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 15,

Best Western Green Tree Inn

14173 Green Tree Blvd.

Victorville, CA

Wednesday, July 16,

Statham Hall

138 North Jackson Street

Lone Pine, CA

Thursday, July 17

Kerr McGee Center

100 West California Ave.

Ridgecrest, CA

Tuesday, July 22

San Bernardino County Museum

2024 Orange Tree Lane

Redlands, CA

Wednesday, July 23

Yucca Valley Community Center

Yucca Room

57090 Twentynine Palms Highway

Yucca Valley, CA

Thursday, July 24

Civic Center

Administration Building

Training Room

38300 Sierra Highway

Palmdale, CA

Wednesday, July 30

City Council Chambers

220 East Mountain View Street

Barstow, CA

This information is provided by Ron Schiller, Chairman, High Desert Multiple Use Coalition. As usual, please feel free to pass this information on to any other interested parties. Anyone wishing to receive future information regarding issues related to the management of public lands in the California Desert should send an e-mail to schiller@ridgecrest.ca.us and request to be placed on the distribution list. Please print "PLEASE ADD TO LIST" in the subject line.

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