The Bureau of Land Management has published a notice marking the release of its draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and draft Land Use Plan Amendment to manage OHV recreation within the West Mojave Planning Area in Southern California. The West Mojave Planning Area comprises approximately 9.4 million acres of land. Within the planning area, BLM administers approximately 3.1 million acres of public lands.
BLM states that the draft SEIS evaluates existing OHV routes and proposes a route network that “balances access with the protection of sensitive resources.” BLM’s announcement also commenced a 90-day public comment period.
It is important for OHV enthusiasts to stay involved in the public lands management process by attending public meetings and having your voices heard. BLM invites members of the public to attend one of the following meetings from 5:00-7:00 pm:
April 17 – Hilton Garden Inn, 12603 Mariposa Rd., Victorville, CA 92395
April 18 – Kerr McGee Center, 100 W. California Ave., Ridgecrest, CA 93555
April 24 – Statham Hall (Lone Pine Senior Center), 138 N. Jackson St., Lone Pine, CA 93545
April 25 – Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst St., Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Comments are due on June 14, 2018. Comments on the SEIS may be submitted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; fax: 951-697-5299 with Attn: WMRNP Plan Amendment; or mail: Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District, Attn: WMRNP Plan Amendment, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553.
Draft Land Use Plan Amendment/Draft SEIS
BLM Press Release
Federal Register Notice
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Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA) was formed to ensure that Americans are not arbitrarily denied the right to responsibly experience and enjoy the public lands that belong to the citizens of the United States. The members of ARRA, which include horseback riders, personal watercraft users, off-highway vehicle and snowmobile riders, and vacationing families, have joined together to provide input on decisions regarding land use designation, recreation opportunities, and preservation. Its members seek responsible consideration of competing activities, which are based on sound environmental principles.
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