News.bytes Extra, issue 265

BLM Bakersfield planning efforts kicked off with training session

The last decade has brought change for BLM's Bakersfield Field Office. To respond to that change and prepare for the future, the Field Office is embarking on two major planning efforts.

The field office is preparing to update the Caliente Resource Management Plan (RMP) and is also starting to prepare a plan for Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Since the existing Caliente RMP was adopted in 1995, the Field Office has added Atwell Island, the Naval Petroleum Reserve-Two lands and seen other changes in the public lands it manages, said Steve Larson, assistant field manager for resources, at a planning kickoff training.

A full house takes part in the planning concepts course, to help determine the future of the Caliente RMP and Carrizo Plain National Monument:
A full house takes part in the planning concepts course, to help determine the future of the Caliente RMP and Carrizo Plain National Monument

The Carrizo Plain was designated a national monument in 2001. The Carrizo resource Advisory Committee will discuss the planning process at a January 27 meeting at the Carissa Elementary School northwest of the Soda Lake Turnoff on Highway 58.

The planning concepts course from BLM's National Training Center provided a forum for BLM employees, Resource Advisory Council members, The Nature Conservancy representatives and other parties to discuss RMP requirements and challenges in preparing a successful RMP.

Topics included how to identify land management issues and who owns those issues; how to identify interests and jurisdictions that need to be involved to successfully resolve a planning question; and how to distinguish between RMP decisions and implementation decisions.

The Bakersfield Field Office will announce when scoping meetings have been scheduled for the Caliente RMP and for the Carrizo Plain National Monument plan.


BLM California News.bytes, Issue 265