Chapter 11 -Areas of Critical Environmental Concern
Management Prescriptions

Coast Management Area

 
ACEC/SizeManagement Prescription

California *

Rocks and Islands

exact size unknown

Maintain the withdrawal from "settlement, sale, location, or entry, under the general land laws, including the mining laws".

Continue protection of the wildlife resource in general by limiting human activities during the nesting season and prohibiting the removal of products which have commercial value.

Cypress Mountain

1,090 acres surface and minerals

Open for leasing of oil, gas, and geothermal resources subject to LSU - Coast ACEC/SMA stipulation.

Unavailable for livestock grazing due to other resource concerns

Pt. Sal *

77 acres

Closed to oil, gas, and geothermal leasing.

Manage as a Day Use Area

Proposed for withdrawal from the mining laws.

Unavailable for livestock grazing due to other resource concerns.

Designated as closed to OHV use.

Access is limited to pedestrians travel on designated trails within the ACEC.

Salinas River

1,000 acres and  835 acres minerals

Manage the riparian zone as a Day Use area.

Withdraw riparian zone (c. 10 acres) from mining laws.

Horses travel is limited to off designated routes in the riparian zone.

Unavailable for livestock grazing due to it's unsuitability and other resource concerns.

Tierra Redonda

320 acres and

80 acres minerals

Open to leasing of oil, gas, and geothermal resources subject to NSU.

Proposed for withdrawal from entry under the mining law.

Unavailable for livestock grazing due to it's unsuitability.

Sand dunes are limited to pedestrian access only.

 

Valley Management Area

 
ACEC/SizeManagement Prescription

Alkali Sinks

402 acres

Open for the leasing of oil, gas, and geothermal resources subject to NSU.

Proposed for withdrawal from entry under the mining laws.

Manage as a Day Use area

Access off designated routes of travel is restricted to pedestrian travel.

Water diversions are prohibited.

Collection of vegetative materials within the ACEC requires authorization.

Unavailable for livestock grazing due to other resource concerns

Carrizo Plain *

199,030 acres

Open for the leasing of oil, gas, and geothermal resources subject to the following special stipulations: LSU - Protected Species, LSU - Sensitive Species and LSU - Raptors.

Implement the Carrizo Plain Natural Area Management Plan.

Soda Lake and the surrounding wetlands shall be proposed for withdrawal from entry under the mining laws.

Camping is restricted to designated locations.

Portions are available for livestock grazing for research and management purposes

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Chico Martinez *

3,240 acres and

1,280 acres minerals

Open for the leasing of oil, gas, and geothermal resources subject to the LSU - Protected Species stipulation.

Access off designated routes of travel is limited to pedestrian and equestrian travel.

Available for livestock grazing

Goose Lake

40 acres

Open for leasing of oil, gas, and geothermal resources subject to NSU.

Proposed for withdrawal from entry under mining laws.

Manage as a Day Use area

Access off designated routes of travel is limited to pedestrian travel.

Collection of vegetative materials within the ACEC requires authorization.

Unavailable for livestock grazing due to other resource concerns

Kettleman Hills

6,730 acres and 3,765 acres minerals.

Open for the leasing of oil, gas, and geothermal resources subject to the following stipulations: LSU - Protected Species and LSU - Raptors.

Available for livestock grazing and is currently allotted

Lokern

3,110 acres and 3,420 acres minerals

Open for leasing of oil, gas, and geothermal resources subject to the following stipulations: LSU - Protected Species, LSU - Sensitive Species.

If a suitable mineral materials site cannot be found outside of the ACEC, sales of mineral materials may be authorized at the site of the old Elk Hill Community pit.

Unavailable for livestock grazing due to other resource concerns, unless research shows grazing is necessary to meet management objectives

 

South Sierra Management Area

 
ACEC/SizeManagement Prescription

Blue Ridge  *

3,195 acres and 2,100 acres minerals

Closed to oil, gas and geothermal leasing.

The area is proposed for withdrawal from entry under the mining laws.

Unavailable for livestock unless grazing is necessary to assist in condor recovery.

Designated as closed to OHV's.

Public access may be restricted during condor use periods

Case Mountain

18,530 acres

Open for the leasing of oil and gas resources subject to the LSU - Raptor stipulation.

Closed to the leasing of geothermal resources.

The two access routes, Salt Creek Road and Oak Grove Road off Mineral King, are open to mountain biking but closed to other public vehicular travel until a management plan is written for the area. Off road public access is limited to pedestrians and equestrians only. Travel within the sequoia groves is limited to pedestrians.

Available for livestock grazing and is currently allotted and grazing will continue to be authorized. Grazing operations shall be adjusted or terminated within the sequoia community if studies show they have a negative effect upon the plant community.

Horse Canyon

1,530 acres and 1,330 acres minerals

Open for leasing of oil, gas, and geothermal resources subject to NSU.

Unavailable for livestock grazing due to other resource concerns

Piute Cypress *

865 acres and

175 acres minerals

Closed to oil, gas, and geothermal leasing.

Available for livestock grazing and is currently allotted.

Collection of vegetative materials within the ACEC requires authorization.

Access off designated routes of travel is restricted to pedestrian travel.

Manage as a Day Use area

 * existing ACEC

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