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Chapter 2

Area-Wide Management Allocations

Biological Resources

Naturally occurring waters on public lands, including public water reserves, would be managed to maintain, improve, or benefit in-stream flow requirements needed for riparian systems. Applications for water developments or diversions on public lands would be approved only if the above needs have been met.

Lands acquired through Compensation activities would be managed to benefit the species identified in the applicable U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or California Department of Fish and Game biological opinion, agreement, or other document. Acquisition of lands with compensation funds will target areas approved by the USF&WS and CDF&G.  Management of these areas would be to promote recovery of the target species. Special management terms and condition for these areas include:

These lands may only be repositioned or transferred to a party with concurrence from the USF&WS and CDF&G.

ROW authorizations, land use permits, geophysical explorations, recreation permits and public uses and livestock grazing will be managed to be compatible with objectives for the area.

These lands would be proposed for withdrawal from entry under the mining laws if surface lands are acquired over federal mineral estate.

The area would be open to leasing of oil, gas, and geothermal resources with the Limited Surface Use - Protected Species stipulation (refer to RMP Chapter 5).

Unless otherwise closed elsewhere in this plan, threatened and endangered species range (see Map Packet) would be open to leasing of oil, gas, and geothermal resources with the Limited Surface Use - Protected Species stipulation.

Unless otherwise closed elsewhere in this plan, known locations of federal candidate species, State threatened and endangered species, and Bureau Sensitive species would be open to leasing of oil, gas, and geothermal resources with the Limited Surface Use - Sensitive Species stipulation.

Critical condor habitat, and lands near Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge would be open to leasing of oil, gas, and geothermal resources with the Limited Surface Use - Protected Species stipulation. Lands within the Blue Ridge Critical Condor Area would be closed to leasing of oil, gas, and geothermal resources.

Essential and critical condor habitat would only be repositioned with concurrence from the USF&WS.

Livestock Grazing

Livestock grazing would be managed under the standards, guidelines and criteria described in RMP Chapter 6. These standards and guidelines will be modified as necessary to maintain consistency with those adopted in the Record of Decision for the Rangeland Health Standards and Guidelines Environmental Impact Statement. Grazing authorizations, including class of livestock and season of use, may be modified to meet these standards and to meet the needs of the grazing operation.

Allocations for new grazing allotments would be handled on a case-by-case basis following the criteria listed in RMP Chapter 6. Mulch, utilization and seasonal use restrictions would be consistent with guidelines used for existing allotments found in RMP Chapter 6.

Grazing treatments that are occurring as a part of research may be modified to reflect the needs of the study and may not conform with the guidelines in RMP Chapter 6.

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Grazing lessees and permittees whose allotments include lands identified in this plan as being available for potential land tenure adjustments are hereby notified, as required by 43 CFR 4110.4-2(b), of the proposed disposal of those properties.


All existing or occupied utility corridors delineated in the Western Regional Corridor Study of 1986 are designated as utility corridors. These right-of-way corridors are one mile wide and follow existing routes. Uses of these corridors include routes for: larger electric transmission facilities, major pipelines, communication sites and associated pathways, and communication lines for interstate use.

The mineral estate lands of patents issued pursuant to the Recreation and Public Purposes Act and the Small Tract Act would be managed consistent with county zoning requirements.

All mineral estate lands (split estate lands) under BLM jurisdiction would be considered potentially suitable for disposal through exchange under Section 206 of FLPMA or sale under Section 209 of FLPMA. Any such disposal shall require a site-specific evaluation under the applicable regulations, prior to any final decision on such action.

BLM lands that are newly-recognized due to a land survey error or hiatus, mapping or records errors would be managed consistent with adjacent public lands, if any. In some cases, the newly-recognized lands may be suitable  repositioning, based on site-specific circumstances.

Due to low productivity and/or conflicts with endangered species habitat, all BLM lands within the Resource Area are considered unsuitable for entry under the Desert Land Entry Act of March 3, 1877 (43 USC 321) and Indian Allotment Act of February 8, 1887 (25 USC 334).


Camping up to 14 days per person within any 30-day period and up to 28 days in a one-year period is allowed in any location not specifically closed to camping. Dispersed camping is not permitted within 100 feet of any freshwater source.

Personal property left unattended on public land for more than 72 hours would be treated as abandoned.

Shooting is not allowed within ¼ mile of developed recreational sites, visitor facilities, livestock water improvements, guzzlers, the Poso Creek area (E½NE¼, Sec. 32, T. 27 S., R. 27 E., MDB&M), the area around Soda Lake, the vicinity of Painted Rock (closed to both shooting and hunting), and all authorized facilities belonging to lessees or permittees of the Federal government, as well as buildings and residences on adjacent private lands. These areas, except Painted Rock, are still available for the lawful taking of game. The restrictions do not apply to federal, state, and local law enforcement officers who are engaged in their official duties.

Motorized and mechanized travel on public land would be "limited" to existing mapped or maintained roads and trails or designated routes of travel, with the exception of the following areas that would be managed as closed to all travel (except foot and equestrian): Point Sal, Blue Ridge, Short Canyon, Cholla Canyon, Cane Canyon, and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Caliente Mountain Ridge Road would be closed to motorized vehicles but open for mechanized travel. Salt Creek would be closed to motorized travel, but only until an ACEC plan addressing public access is completed. Designated routes of travel would be posted and include roads and trails shown on surface management maps. Existing roads and designated routes may be closed to protect resources following public notification; use of closed roads may be allowed by the authorized officer.

The speed limit on unpaved roads not maintained by the county, shall be a maximum of 25 MPH (unless otherwise posted).

Collection of wood, plant material or minerals specimens, other than casual collection requires a permit.

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