[Federal Register: March 21, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 55)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
West Mojave Planning Area; California Desert Conservation Area
Plan and Enviromental Assessment Off-Road Vehicle Designations
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability of draft amendment to the California
Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA)
for off-road vehicle designations in West Mojave Planning Area.
SUMMARY: Off-road vehicle designations are being considered by the
California Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for
the West Mojave Desert Planning Area in accordance with the criteria
and procedures of 43 Code of Federal Regulations subpart 8342. These
designations, when approved by BLM, will amend the existing
designations established under the CDCA plan in the West Mojave Area.
This planning area encompasses approximately 3.3 million acres of
public land managed by the BLM's California Desert District, located in
Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties in southern
DATES: This notice initiates the public review process on the Draft
Off-Road Vehicle Designation Plan Amendment and EA. The public is
invited to review and comment on the document. The comment period will
end 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register.
Comments on the Draft Plan Amendment should be received on or before
the end of the comment period at the address listed below.
Written comments should be sent to the Bureau of Land Management,
California Desert District Office, Attn. West Mojave Plan Staff, 22835
Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. For comments to
be most helpful they should relate to specific concerns or conflicts
that are within the legal responsibilities of the BLM and are feasible
to be resolved in this planning process.
Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the BLM
California Desert District Office, the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office, 300
South Richmond Road, Ridgecrest, California 93555, and the BLM Barstow
Field Office, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, California 92311during
regular business hours from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday,
except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If
you wish to withhold your name or street address from public review or
from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state
this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. Such
requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions
from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying
themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or
businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The West Mojave Off-Road Vehicle
Designations would establish a network of motorized vehicle routes that
would provide access to more than 3.3 million acres of public lands
administered by the BLM within Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles and San
Bernardino Counties, all of which are within the State of California.
The BLM's Ridgecrest and Barstow field offices administer most of these
public lands. A small amount of acreage administered by the BLM's
Needles and Palm Springs field offices is also affected. All public
lands are within the California Desert Conservation Area, and all lie
within the jurisdiction of the BLM's California Desert District.
Motorized vehicle access would be provided for recreational and
commercial pursuits, and to enable private property owners to visit
their lands. The network was developed with the assistance of the
public, and was based upon the results of a comprehensive field
inventory that identified the location of routes, type of routes, and
destination points. The network is designed to be compatible with the
conservation of the desert's natural and cultural resources, including
sensitive plants and animals.
The West Mojave Off-Road Vehicle Designations would complement the
bioregional conservation strategy that is currently being developed for
these same public lands through the West Mojave planning process. A
``West Mojave Plan'' plan is being prepared by the BLM in collaboration
with state agencies and local jurisdictions. When completed, it will
present strategies for conserving the threatened desert tortoise, the
Mohave ground squirrel and nearly 100 other sensitive species,
while providing a streamlined program for compliance with the
California and federal endangered species acts. The West Mojave Off-
Road Vehicle Designations have been closely coordinated with the
preparation of the West Mojave Plan, to ensure that they are mutually
compatible. An Environmental Impact Statement for the West Mojave Plan
will be available for a 90-day public review during the spring of 2003.
The West Mojave Plan EIS will review the impacts of the West Mojave
Off-Road Vehicle Designations to ensure that any additional cumulative
impacts resulting from the West Mojave Plan are addressed. A final
decision regarding the West Mojave Off-Road Vehicle Designations will
be made by the end of June 2003.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have
your name added to our mailing list, contact William Haigh, Project
Manager, at (760) 252-6080 (Phone), e-mail at email@example.com.
Dated: February 20, 2003.
District Manager, California Desert District.
[FR Doc. 03-6779 Filed 3-20-03; 8:45 am]
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