Caliente Resource Management Plan (1997)

RMP TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION

1

        Resource Management Plan Overview

1

        Resource Area Overview

1

        Coast, Valley, and South Sierra Management Areas

2

        Caliente Resource Area Management Area Boundaries (map)

 
  

CHAPTER 2 -  MANAGEMENT OBJECTIVES & ALLOCATIONS

3

        Introduction

3

        Resource Area-Wide Objectives

3

        Coast Management Area

4

             Management Area Summary

4

             Management Area Objectives

4

             Management Mechanisms, Allocations and Actions

5

                   Special Designations

5

                   Summary of ACEC/SMA Allocations and Guidelines

6

                   Land Tenure Adjustments

7

                   Livestock Grazing

7

                   Minerals

7

                        Fluid Minerals

7

                        Solid Minerals

8

        Valley Management Area

9

              Management Area Objectives

9

              Management Mechanisms, Allocations and Actions

10

                     Special Designations

10

                     Summary of ACEC/SMA Allocations and Guidelines

11

                     Biological Resources

12

                     Land Tenure Adjustments

12

                     Livestock Grazing

12

                     Minerals

13

                          Fluid Minerals

13

                          Solid Minerals

13

        South Sierra Management Area

14

              Management Area Objectives

14

              Management Mechanisms, Allocations and Actions

15

                     Special Designations

15

                     Summary of ACEC/SMA Allocations and Guidelines

16

                     Land Tenure Adjustments

17

                     Livestock Grazing

18

                     Minerals

18

                          Fluid Minerals

18

                          Solid Minerals

19

                     Recreation

19

        Area-Wide Management Allocations

20

               Biological Resources

20

               Livestock Grazing

20

               Lands

21

               Recreation

21

  

CHAPTER 3 - GENERAL MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES

23

        Standard Practices

23

               Four Common NEPA Categories

24

               Examples of Elements in the Existing Planning Base

25

               Examples of Resource Values Considered During NEPA
                  Compliance Review


25

  

CHAPTER 4 - LAND TENURE MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES

27

        Land Tenure Adjustments

27

        Reposition Management Classification

28

        New Manager Classification

28

        Cooperative Management Classification

29

        Fee Acquisition Needs

29

        Access Acquisition Needs

30

        Overview of the BLM Land Exchange Process

30

        Classifications and Withdrawals - Recommendations

31

        Withdrawals/Classifications Terminating

32

  

CHAPTER 5 - OIL/GAS AND SOLID MINERALS MGMT GUIDELINES

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  Part I

 

        Oil & Gas - Introduction

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        Lands Closed to Oil and Gas Leasing

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               Non-Discretionary Closures To Leasing

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               Lands Proposed for Discretionary Closures To Leasing

33

  Part II

 

        Lands Opened to Oil and Gas Leasing

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               Leasing with Standard Lease Stipulation

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               No Surface Use Stipulation

34

               Leasing with the Limited Surface Use Stipulation

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               Limited Surface Use Stipulation

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               Waivers, Modifications, Exceptions & Deferral to other plans

35

                     a. Limited Surface Use Stipulations - Dept of Defense

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                     b. Limited Surface Use Stipulations - Federal

37

                     c. Limited Surface Use Stipulations - Critical Habitat

39

                     d. Limited Surface Use - Sensitive Species

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                     e. Limited Surface Use Stipulations - Coast ACEC/SMAs

42

                     f.  Limited Surface Use - Raptor

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        Summary of Oil and Gas Stipulations by Location

44

  Part III

 

        Standard Engineering Practices

45

               Drilling a New Well

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               Temporary Abandonment of a Producing Well (Idle Well)

46

               Plugging and Abandonment

46

               Surface Reclamation

46

        Solid Minerals

47

               Introduction

47

               Lands Withdrawn from Solid Mineral Development

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               Lands Open to the Mining of Locatable Minerals

48

               Guidelines

48

  

Chapter 6 - LIVESTOCK GRAZING MANAGEMENT

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        Standards for Rangeland or Ecosystem Health

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                Soils

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                Species

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                Riparian

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                Water Quality

51

        Guidelines for Grazing Management

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                Mulch Management

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                Perennial Utilization

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                Resource Trend Monitoring

53

                Specific Livestock Management Guidelines (Table)

54

        Selective Management Categories for Grazing Allotments

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                Standard Criterial Used to Categorize Grazing Allotments

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                Optional Criteria Used to Categorize Grazing Allotments

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               Selective Management Category (Table)

57

        Grazing Allocations (Table)

58

                Coast Management Area

58

                Valley Management Area

58

                South Sierra Management Area

59

        Guidelines for New Grazing Allotments

61

  

CHAPTER 7 - RECREATION MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES

63

Part I

 

        Introduction

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        Recreation Management Areas

64

        Management Guidelines for Roads and Trails

65

PART II

 

         Wild & Scenic River Eligibility & Preliminary Classification Report

67

         Introduction

67

         Identification

67

         Eligibility

68

         Classification

69

                Summary of Wild and Scenic River Eligibility Study

69

                       Lower Kern River

69

                       East Fork of the Kaweah River

71

                       Middle Fork of the Kaweah River

72

                       North Fork of the Kaweah River

73

  

CHAPTER 8 - CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES

77

        Purpose and Background

77

        Policy Summary

77

        Management Guidelines for Implementation of Policies         

78

                Consideration of Cultural Resources

78

                Propertiety Data

78

                Collections

79

                Site Protection

79

                Trust Responsibilities

79

  

CHAPTER 9 - BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES MGMT GUIDELINES

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        Introduction

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        Conservation Strategy

81

                Background

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                Regional Consevation Strategy

82

                Bureau Conservation Program

83

                Meeting the Public Need

83

               Threatened/Endangered Species Conservation Areas (map)

 

        Sensitive Animals: Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians,
                                        Fish, Snails, Insects, Fairyshrimp

85

        Sensitive Plants

88

        Neotropical Migrating Birds

93

        Exotic Pest Plant Species

98

        Known Locations of Proposed Plant Species

100

        Critical Habitat for California Condor

101

        Proposed Critical Habitat for Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

102

        Federal Candidate, California Listed & Bureau Sensitive Species
            Parcel & Geographic Area Lists


103

  

CHAPTER 10 - AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES

105

        Introduction

105

        Emissions Summary

105

                Agency Direct and Indirect Sources

105

                San Joaquin Valley (Valley & South Sierra Mgmt Areas)

107

                Coastal Air Basins

111

  

CHAPTER 11 - AREAS OF CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN

113

        Introduction

113

        Coast Management Area

114

                California Rocks and Islands Wildlife ACEC

114

                Cypress Mountain

115

                Point Sal

116

                Salinas River

118

                Tierra Redonda

119

        Valley Management Area

121

                Alkali Sinks

121

                Carrizo Plain

121

                Chico Martinez

125

                Goose Lake

126

                Kettleman Hills

127

                Lokern

128

        South Sierra Management Area

130

                Blue Ridge

130

                Case Mountain

131

                Horse Canyon

133

                Piute Cypress

135

        ACEC Tables

137

        ACEC Maps

 
  

CHAPTER 12 - SPECIAL MANAGEMENT AREAS

139

         Introduction

139

         Summary

139

        SMA Descriptions - Coast Management Area

140

                Frog Pond Mountain

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                Hopper Mountain

141

                Huasna Peak

142

                Irish Hills

143

                Rusty Peak

144

        SMA Descriptions Valley Management Area

145

                Bittercreek

145

                Caliente National Cooperative Land and Wildlife Mgmt Area

 

                   Temblor National Cooperative Land and Wildlife Mgmt Area

146

        SMA Descriptions - South Sierra Management Area

147

                Deer Spring

147

                Erskine Creek

147

                Granite Cave

149

                Keyesville

149

                KER-311

152

                Monache - Walker Pass National Cooperative Land & 
                    Wildlife Management Area


153

                North Fork of the Kaweah

154

                Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

155

                Walker Pass National historic Landmark

156

        SMA Tables

157

        SMA Maps

 

        Caliente Resource Management Plan Maps