Chapter 11 - ACECs
Coast Management Area
California Rocks and Islands Wildlife ACEC
The California Rocks and Islands Wildlife Sanctuary ACEC extends from the Mexican border to Oregon, but this land use plan only affects the portion of the ACEC in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties.
This is an existing ACEC, the designation [February 15, 1990 (55 FR 5513)] was placed for the protection of wildlife, including extensive seabird populations, seals, and sea lions.
The Public Lands encompassed in this ACEC have been managed as a wildlife sanctuary since they were withdrawn from "settlement, sale, location, or entry, under the general land laws, including the mining laws, 30 U. S. C. Ch. 2, and from leasing under the mineral leasing laws..." on April 19, 1983 (Public Land Order 6369, 48 FR 16684), and this management has continued since designation as an ACEC.
In many cases, the only threat necessary to disrupt the extensive seabird populations, seals, and sea lions is the approach of people. Because of this sensitivity it is considered that there are no compatible uses that could be authorized on these lands.
Resource conditions have not changed - this area continues to meet the relevance and importance criteria for an ACEC.
Objective Manage the California Rocks and Islands Wildlife ACEC as a wildlife sanctuary to protect the seabird, seals, and sea lions populations dependent upon these lands for survival.
Maintain the withdrawal from "settlement, sale, location, or entry, under the general land laws, including the mining laws".
Continue the 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 .
The Bureau shall retain the existing MOU with CDF&G which gives them management responsibility for the ACEC, and requires them to provide for periodic biological surveys.
Obtain results of periodic biological surveys from CDF&G and conduct analysis to determine health of the species and the success of management in meeting the objectives of the ACEC
The exact size of this ACEC is unknown. The portion covered by this plan consists of all unreserved islands, rocks, pinnacles, and reefs, including all offshore public land above mean high tide, along the California coast in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. (Note: Because of an old reservation for light house purposes, it was originally thought that Lion Rock, off Pt Sal, had been omitted from this ACEC, but further investigation shows the reservation was lifted in 1982, 1 year prior to the withdrawal. Therefore Lion Rock is part of the California Rocks and Islands Wildlife ACEC).
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