Bakersfield Field Office

Bakersfield Field Office
Resource Management Plan Revison 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently revising two existing plans Resource Management Plans (RMPs); the 1997 Caliente RMP and portions of the 1984 Hollister RMP, to address the availability of new data and updated policies, emerging issues, and changing circumstances that have occurred during the 14 plus years since the Record of Decisions (RODs) for these plans were signed.

The Planning Area, located in central California, comprises approximately 17 million acres of land. However, the Decision Area, (i.e. that for which the BLM has administrative authority) is approximately 400,000 acres of surface estate and 1.2 million acres of federal mineral estate. This does not include the California Coastal National Monument (for which an RMP was completed in September, 2005) or the Carrizo Plain National Monument (for which an RMP was competed in April, 2010).

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Available Now!
Proposed RMP / Final EIS

Planning Documents

Front Cover of the Draft Bakersfield RMP and EIS 

Bakersfield Proposed RMP / Final EIS

The Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS describes and analyzes alternatives for the management of public lands and resources administered by the BLM, Bakersfield Field Office. This document is now available for download below.

Front Cover of the Draft Bakersfield RMP and EIS

Bakersfield Draft RMP / Draft EIS

The Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) describes and analyzes alternatives for the management of public lands and resources administered by the BLM, Bakersfield Field Office. This document is now available for download below.

Front Cover of the Bakersfield RMP Scoping Report

Bakersfield RMP Scoping Report

The Bakersfield Resource Management Plan (RMP) scoping report summarizes the results of the formal scoping period conducted in 2008, including public meetings, coordination with other agencies, and formal public comment period. This report, completed in December 2010, is available here for download.

 Federal Register Notice. Notice of Availability.

Federal Register Notices

The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations.  A Notice of Intent to Prepare a Resource Management Plan was published in 2008 to begin the formal scoping period.  A Notice of Availability was published September 9, 2011 anouncing the publication of the Draft RMP / Draft EIS for public review and initiating the 90-day public comment period (see also).  A second Notice of Availbility was published August 31, 2012 annoucing the availability of the Proposed RMP / Final EIS and initiating the 30-day protest period (see also).

Bakersfield Proposed RMP/Final EIS

The Bakersfield Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now available for download. The protest period began with the publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on August 31, 2012, and will end September 30, 2012.

For downloading convenience the document is available both as a single file (with links to oversized maps) or broken down into smaller sections (more suitable for download on slower connections).  All documents are in the Adobe Acrobat .pdf format and can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader available for download here.

Complete Document
Bakersfield Proposed RMP/Final EIS (28985 Kbs)

Document Sections
Abstract (230 Kbs)
Dear Reader Letter (214 Kbs)
Executive Summary (523 Kbs)
Acryonyms and Abbreviations (416 Kbs)
Readers Guide to the Document (588 Kbs)

Chapter One - Introduction (795 Kbs)
Chapter Two - Alternatives (3793 Kbs)
Chapter Three - Affected Environment (4429 Kbs)
Chapter Four - Environmental Consequences (1872 Kbs)
Chapter Five - Consultation and Coordination (1305 Kbs)
Chapter Six - References & Glossary (511 Kbs)

Appendix A - Air and Atmospheric Values (788 Kbs)
Appendix B - Biological Resources (1717 Kbs)
Appendix D - Wildland Fire Ecology and Management (407 Kbs)
Appendix E - Comprehensive Trail and Travel Management (667 Kbs) / Route Designation Table (16500 Kbs)
Appendix F - Livestock Grazing (1220 Kbs)
Appendix G - Minerals Management (814 Kbs)
Appendix H - Recreation and Visitor Services (1060 Kbs)
Appendix L - Best Management Practices/Standard Operating Procedures (831 Kbs)
Appendix M - Reasonably Foreseeable Development Scenario (622 Kbs)
Appendix N - Supplementary Rules (707 Kbs)
Appendix P - Public Comments (655 Kbs)

KML Files
Bakersfield Field Office Land Status  (76 Kbs)
Bakersfield Field Office Wilderness Areas (74 Kbs)
Bakersfield Field Office WSAs (22 Kbs)
Proposed Plan Alternative ACEC Boundaries (24 Kbs)
Alt A Route Designations (405 Kbs)
Alt B (Proposed Plan Alternative) Route Designations (1846 Kbs)
Alt C/D Route Designations (1627 Kbs)
Alt E Route Designations (1624 Kbs)

Oversized Maps 

 Livestock Grazing Maps

Alternative A

Alternative B

Alternative C

Alternative D

Alternative E

Travel Management Maps

Alternative A

Alternative B

Alternative C/D

Alternative E

Public Comments on the DRMP/DEIS

As stated in Appendix P, the original comment submissions are available for review by the public at the Bakersfield Field Office.  For your convenience, however, the comment tracking table containing each comment parsed from the original comment letters has been made available at the link below.

Comment Tracking Table (1,876 Kb)

 

Errata

Route Designation Mapping: It has been brought to our attention that the GIS information use to create the maps and KML files for Proposed Action route designations contained an error, and the GIS data does not accurately reflect a change to the document based on a response to public comment.  The response to comment 5.5.9.7 stated that GPS information provided in a public comment had been added to the route inventory and designated motorized for portions of route numbers 2440, 2441, 2442 within the Keyesville Special Recreation Management Area (Travel Management Map B.1 Lake Isabella).   While not accurately reflected in the GIS data used for creating the document maps this change was presented and analyzed in the FEIS.  The GIS data, as represented in the map image, below has been updated.

Keyesville Route Designation Correction

 

30-Day Protest Information

The Notice of Availability for the Bakersfield Proposed RMP / Final EIS was published in the Federal Register by the Environmental Protection Agency on August 17, 2012, beginning the 30-day protest period which will end on September 16, 2012. Individuals or Organizations that have participated in the planning process may comment on or protest the proposed decisions. Protests must be filed by September 16, 2012.

Consistent with 43 CFR 1610.5-2, protests are treated as a more formal form of input than comments. To protest requires that the protester first be qualified and second that the protest filed contains particular information. And finally, a protest must be filed by mail with our office in Washington DC.  For more information on filing a protest please see the Dear Reader letter located within the document.

Public Participation

The management of public lands increasingly requires a partnership between all responsible and interested parties.  Other organizations provide valuable assistance to the Bureau, often providing expertise, funding, and an on-the-ground presence.  It is the individual members of the public, however, who are often most knowledgeable about resources in a given area, the problems or opportunities that may exist there, and how management can be improved.
 
To facilitate public participation in the RMP planning process, BLM has hosted a number of communication and collaboration opportunities.  A formal public scoping period was conducted for the plan revision in 2008 that included a series of public meetings; further details of which can be found in the Scoping Report.  The Bakersfield Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released for a 90-day public comment period which ended on December 9, 2011.  Seven public meetings were held in October 2011 throughout the planning area.  During the comment period, BLM received 274 written comment submissions by email, regular mail, and at public meetings.  Of those submissions, 107 were unique and 167 were form letters.  From those comment submissions approximately 251 separate substantive comments were extracted.  Substantive comments have been addressed and responded to in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS and changes in the plan were made where necessary.

Contact Us
Please direct question to;

Bakersfield RMP Revision
Bureau of Land Management
3801 Pegasus Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93308
(661) 391.6022

email: cacalrmp@blm.gov

Bakersfield Draft RMP/Draft EIS

The Bakersfield Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now available for download and public review. The official public comment period began with the publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on September 9, 2011, and will end December 9, 2011. For downloading convenience the document is available both in its full three volumes as well as broken down into smaller sections (more suitable for download on slower connections). In addition, maps larger than those presented in the document are available for download to aid in reviewing. All documents are in the Adobe Acrobat .pdf format and can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader available for download here.

Complete Documents
Bakersfield Draft RMP/Draft EIS - Volume One (14145 Kbs)
Bakersfield Draft RMP/Draft EIS - Volume Two (1839 Kbs)
Bakersfield Draft RMP/Draft EIS - Volume Three (24525 Kbs)
All Oversized Livestock Grazing Maps (5862 Kbs)
All Oversized Travel Management Maps (49516 Kbs)

Document Sections
Abstract (145 Kbs)
Dear Reader Letter (Kbs)
Complete Table of Contents (733 Kbs)
Executive Summary (194 Kbs)
Readers Guide to the Document/Acryonyms and Abbreviations (317 Kbs)

Chapter One - Introduction (1222 Kbs)
Chapter Two - Alternatives (4994 Kbs)
Chapter Three - Affected Environment (8663 Kbs)
Chapter Four - Environmental Consequences (1240 Kbs)
Chapter Five - Consultation and Coordination (247 Kbs)
Chapter Six - Bibliography (307 Kbs)

Appendix A - Air and Atmospheric Values (403 Kbs)
Appendix B - Biological Resources (681 Kbs)
Appendix C - Visual Resource Inventory (3080 Kbs)
Appendix D - Wildland Fire Ecology and Management (235 Kbs)
Appendix E - Comprehensive Trail and Travel Management (421 Kbs)
Appendix F - Livestock Grazing (948 Kbs)
Appendix G - Minerals Management (508 Kbs)
Appendix H - Recreation and Visitor Services (665 Kbs)
Appendix I - Area of Critical Environmental Concern Report (15787 Kbs)
Appendix J - Wild and Scenic Rivers Suitability Report (3102 Kbs)
Appendix K - Wilderness Characteristics Inventory (369 Kbs)
Appendix L - Best Management Practices/Standard Operating Procedures (430 Kbs)
Appendix M - Reasonably Foreseeable Development Scenario (399 Kbs)
Appendix N - Supplementary Rules (347 Kbs)
Appendix O - Lands and Realty (814 Kbs)

Oversized Maps 

 Livestock Grazing Maps

Alternative A

Alternative B

Alternative C

Alternative D

Alternative E

Travel Management Maps

Alternative A

Alternative B

Alternatives C/D

Alternative E

Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella 

Madera Area

Madera Area

Madera Area

Madera Area

Kings Tulare

Kings Tulare

Kings Tulare

Kings Tulare

Atwell Island

Atwell Island

Atwell Island

Atwell Island

Kern Southwest

Kern Southwest

Kern Southwest

Kern Southwest

Ventura Area

Ventura Area

Ventura Area

Ventura Area

Central San Luis Obispo Co

Central San Luis Obispo Co

Central San Luis Obispo Co

Central San Luis Obispo Co

Santa Barbara Area

Santa Barbara Area

Santa Barbara Area

Santa Barbara Area

West San Luis Obispo Co

West San Luis Obispo Co

West San Luis Obispo Co

West San Luis Obispo Co

Bakersfield Field Office Travel Management Map Tiles

Bakersfield Field Office Travel Management Map Tiles

Enlarged Maps

The following maps are identical to those within the document itself, however, here they are provide at a larger size and higher resolution to allow closer inspection of details provided by each map using the "Zoom" feature of the Adobe Reader software.

1.1 Planning Area
1.2 Decision Area
2.1 Areas Suitable for Managing Fire for Resource Benefit
2.2 Keyesville Special Recreation Management Area
2.3 San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area
2.4 Visual Resource Management (Alternative B)
2.5 Recreation Management Area Designations (Alternative B)
2.6 Temblor Range Special Recreation Management Area
2.7 Recommended ACECs (Alternative B)
2.8 Lands Managed for Wilderness Characteristics (Alternative B)
2.9 Visual Resource Management (Alternatives C & D)
2.10 Recreation Area Management Designations (Alternatives C & D)
2.11 Recommended ACECs (Alternatives C & D)
2.12 Lands Managed for Wilderness Characteristics (Alternatives C & D)
2.13 Visual Resource Management (Alternative E)
2.14 Recreation Management Area Designations (Alternative E)
2.15 Chimney Peak Special Recreation Management Area / Chimney Peak Byway
2.16 Recommended ACECs (Alternative E)
3.1 Air Basins
3.2 Air Quality: 8 Hour Ozone Non-Attainment Areas
3.3 Air Quality: PM10 Non-Attainment and Maintenance Areas
3.4 Air Quality: PM2.5 Non-Attainment Areas
3.5 Mandatory PSD Class I Areas
3.6 Areas of Ecological Importance
3.7 Special Management Areas (Alternative A)
3.8 Prime or Important Farmland
3.9 Serpentine Soils
3.10 Soils Susceptible to Erosion
3.11 Valley Fever Endemic Soils
3.12 Visual Resource Inventory Classes
3.13 Hydrology
3.14 Ground Water Basins
3.15 Fire Management Units
3.16 Fire History
3.17 Fire Regime Condition Class (FRCC)
3.18 Designated Utility Corridors
3.19 Renewable Energy: Solar Potential
3.20 Wind Energy Potential
3.21 Areas Currently Closed to Oil and Gas Leasing (showing Oil and Gas Potential)
3.22 Areas Currently Closed to Geothermal Leasing (showing Geothermal Potential)
3.23 Lands Closed to Solid Leasable Minerals (showing potential valuable lands)
3.24 Areas Currently Withdrawn from Location of Mining Claims (showing Locatable Mineral Potential)
3.25 Lands Closed to Salable Minerals (showing Salable Mineral Potential)
3.26 Existing Areas of Critical Environmental Concern
3.27 Proposed New or Expanded Areas of Critical Environmental Concern
3.28 Eligible Wild and Scenic Rivers
3.29 National Landscape Conservation System
3.30 Heavily Developed Oil Fields

Project Timeline

It is anticipated the Bakersfield Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement will be completed in the following timeframe.

DateAction
3/4/2008 – 5/5/2008Scoping Period
12/15/2010Scoping Report completed
9/9/2011Draft RMP/Draft EIS released for review and comment (Notice of Availability published in Federal Register)
9/9/2011 - 12/9/2011Public comment period on Draft RMP/EIS. This will include public briefings and a written comment period.
1/2012 - 3/2012Planning team analyzes comments and develops proposed RMP and Final EIS.
8/17/2012Proposed RMP/Final EIS issued.
2/2013Record of Decision signed, RMP Approved