U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 217
ISSUE UPDATE: Coachella Valley Plan
(California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment for the Coachella Valley)
The Coachella Valley lies within the Colorado Desert and provides habitat for a number of federally listed and candidate species. Sixty percent of the lands within the Coachella Valley are in private ownership, with the remaining lands under the jurisdiction of the BLM, FWS, National Park Service, California Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Forest Service and various native American tribes, such as the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
Pressure for resort, commercial and residential development and the need for
open space and wildlife habitat has intensified in recent years. In September
1994, CVAG, representing Riverside County and the nine incorporated cities of
the region, took the lead in developing a multiple species HCP. The goal of
the plan is to ensure long-term survival of the valley's unique ecosystem and
to streamline the permitting process for development proposals on private lands.
The plan covers about 1.2 million acres, with some 330,000 acres administered
by the BLM. The planning process follows that used by the FWS and the State
of Californias Natural Communities Conservation Plans (NCCP).
The BLM has worked collaboratively with CVAG, wildlife agencies, and local organizations to develop the Trails Plan element of the Coachella Valley MSHCP. The CDCA Plan Amendment for the Coachella Valley was largely developed in support of the MSHCP.
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