U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Management Area Objectives
Increase management levels to enhance awareness of resource conditions and values in a landscape setting. Focus management on natural resource condition and health, particularly unique vegetative communities, riparian resources, landmark and coastal values.
Integrate management objectives with those of local county governments, coastal commission, state agencies and other federal agencies to contribute to regional conservation efforts.
Increase cooperation with management partners to integrate the isolated parcels with other natural resource and open space management programs.
Reposition properties that do not fit into an active Bureau or cooperator resource management program for lands in areas that do. Rely on county government land use controls to determine future use of those parcels transferred to private ownership.
Land Tenure Adjustments
All BLM lands in the Coast Management Area would be identified as suitable for either New Managers or Repositioning. Refer to RMP Chapter 4 for more detail.
Approximately 13,200 acres would be identified as suitable for New Managers where the lands would be targeted for transfer to other parties as follows:
Approximately 4,200 acres would be identified for transfer to the U.S. Forest Service.
Approximately 600 surface acres in the Hopper Mountain Special Management Area would be targeted for transfer to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
Approximately 8,400 acres would be identified for transfer to counties, land trusts, or non-profit organizations.
Approximately 7,200 acres (80 parcels) would be identified for local repositioning through land exchanges to consolidate natural resource values and meet the objectives in this plan.
Approximately 140 acres in the vicinity of the Klau Mine and Rinconada Mine would be identified as needing mine tailing restoration and inventory and assessment of historic resources and Arctostaphylos luciana, a sensitive plant species, prior to transfer or exchange.
Approximately 6,100 of the 20,400 acres of public land in the Coast Management Area would be available for application for livestock grazing. Of this figure, 4,000 acres lie within existing allotments, and 2,100 acres are currently unalloted. The remainder of the Management Area, approximately 14,300 acres, would be classified as unavailable for livestock grazing. Authorizations will only be made on lands available for grazing. The following criteria are used to identify lands unavailable for grazing:
Unalloted lands which have known sensitive resource concerns would be considered closed to new grazing authorizations.
Unalloted lands which are inaccessible to livestock due to heavy brush, steep slopes, rough terrain, or are too far from water sources are considered unsuitable for new grazing authorizations.
Livestock grazing would continue to be authorized on about 4,000 acres of public land in seven allotments at levels shown in RMP Chapter 6.
New grazing applications may be authorized if residual impacts to sensitive resources are not significant. Applications for new grazing allotments would be evaluated 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.
The Coast Management Area contains a total of 69,000 acres of mineral estate under the administration of the BLM, of which a 4,400 acres are currently leased for oil and gas exploration and development. Public acreage that is currently leased will not be subject to additional stipulations; however, if leases expire, and new leasing occurs, special stipulations may be applied.
Approximately 1,900 acres are closed to leasing within designated Wilderness.
Approximately 100 acres in Point Sal ACEC are proposed to be closed to leasing.
Approximately 1,500 BLM acres are proposed to be open with a No Surface Use Stipulation (NSU).
These areas include Tierra Redonda ACEC and Huasna Peak SMA.
Approximately 42,800 acres are proposed to be open to oil and gas leasing under standard terms and conditions; of that total 2,800 acres are currently leased.
Approximately 22,700 acres are proposed to be open to oil and gas leasing subject to a Limited Surface Use (LSU) stipulation. Of that total, 1,600 acres are currently leased.
Special categories of the LSU stipulation apply as follows:
16,500 acres open subject to the LSU-Protected Species stipulation.
1,600 acres are currently leased and would not have the stipulation applied to existing leases.
6,000 acres open subject to the LSU-Sensitive Species stipulation.
4,300 acres open subject to the LSU-Coast stipulation.
Both the LSU-Protected Species and the LSU-Sensitive Species stipulations would apply to one township and range (25S, 10E) immediately southwest of Camp Roberts in an area with limited oil exploration potential.
The 69,700 acres of mineral estate under the administration of the Department of Defense (DOD) would be open subject to the LSU-Defense stipulation.
Approximately 1,900 acres are in existing withdrawals from entry under the general mining laws within Wilderness Areas; an additional 10 acres within the Salinas River ACEC would also be withdrawn.
Approximately 5,800 acres in five areas are proposed for withdrawal from entry under the mining law. These areas would include the Pt. Sal, Tierra Redonda, and Salinas River (riparian portions.) ACECs and the Frog Pond and Hopper Mountain SMAs.
The remaining 63,100 acres within the Coast Management Area would remain open to solid and mineral material exploration. Management objectives and guidelines would be utilized to evaluate applications for development of the solid mineral and mineral material resources.