Chapter 12 - Special Management Area Descriptions
South Sierra Management Area

Monache-Walker Pass National Cooperative Land and Wildlife Management Area

The Monache-Walker Pass National Cooperative Land and Wildlife Management Area includes 306,422 acres within the Caliente and Ridgecrest Resource Areas. The Caliente Resource Area portion includes approximately 140,000 acres of public land in the Lake Isabella, Kelso Valley, Chimney Peak and Walker Pass Areas. The Monache-Walker Pass National Cooperative Land and Wildlife Management Area overlaps the Deer Spring, Erskine Creek, Granite Cave, Keyesville Historic Mining Area and Ker-311 SMAs and the Piute Cypress Natural Area ACEC. Portions of the NCLWMA in the Kelso Valley, Chimney Peak and Walker Pass area were designated as Wilderness in 1994.

Objective   Public land in the Monache-Walker Pass NCLWMA will be managed to improve and maintain a diverse assemblage of vegetative communities to benefit wildlife resources and recreational opportunities. Each vegetative community will be managed to perpetuate that particular vegetative community and the various wildlife and plant species associated with it.

Management Prescriptions

These lands are withdrawn from application under the non-mineral public land laws and from disposition under the homestead, desert land entry and script selection laws.

The SMA is available for livestock grazing and will continue to be authorized.

Legal Description

Encompassing approximately 140,000 acres within:

Mount Diablo Meridian

T. 22S, R. 36E and 37E

T. 23S, R. 35E, 36E and 37E

T. 24S, R. 35E, 36E and 37E

T. 25S, R. 32E, 33E, 35E, 36E and 37E

T. 26S, R. 32E, 33E, 35E, 36E, and 37E

T. 27S, R. 32E and 35E

T. 28S, R. 32E

Area Map

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