Chapter 12
Special Management Areas
Management Prescriptions

Coast Management Area

SMA / SizeManagement Prescription

Frog Pond

53 acres

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

Proposed for withdrawal from entry under the mining laws.

Unavailable for livestock grazing due to its unsuitability.

Travel in the riparian zone is limited to pedestrians.

Terminate the Public Water Reserve and manage water resources for the benefit of the riparian system.

Collection of vegetative materials within the SMA requires authorization.

Hopper  Mountain

2,025 acres and
3,240 acres minerals

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

Proposed for withdrawal from entry under the mining laws.

Portions of the SMA are available for livestock grazing if grazing operations complement management objectives, and portions are unavailable for livestock grazing due to their unsuitability.

Huasna Peak

1,005 acres

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

Unavailable for livestock grazing due to its unsuitability.

Irish Hills

1,104 acres and
560 acres minerals

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

Unavailable for livestock grazing due to its unsuitability.

Rusty Peak

797 acres and
635 acres minerals

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

Unavailable for livestock grazing due to its unsuitability.

Valley Management Area

SMA / SizeManagement Prescription

Bittercreek

960 acres and
4,840 acres minerals

Closed to the leasing of oil, gas and geothermal resources.

Available and currently allotted for livestock grazing.

Seasonal restrictions and limits on access may be required to prevent disturbance to condors.

Caliente/Temblor NCLWMA

114,000 acres

These lands are withdrawn from application under the non-mineral public land laws and from disposition under the homestead, desert land entry and script selection laws.

Available for livestock grazing and use may continue.

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South Sierra Management Area

SMA / SizeManagement Prescription

Deer Springs

320 acres

Closed to the leasing of oil, gas and geothermal resources

Available for livestock grazing and currently allotted. The Spring exclosure is unavailable for livestock grazing due to other resource concerns.

Erskine Creek

2,960 acres and
480 acres minerals

Closed to the leasing of oil, gas and geothermal resources. About half of the southwestern portion of the SMA is within the Piute Cypress WSA where no new oil, gas, and geothermal leases may be issued.

N1/2 Sec. 22 and SE1/4SW1/4 Sec. 15, T. 27 S., R. 33 E., MDB&M, shall be proposed for withdrawal from entry under the mining laws.

A portion of the SMA is available for livestock grazing if riparian resource concerns can be met. A portion of the SMA is unavailable for livestock grazing due to their unsuitability.

Granite Cave

5 acres

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

Keyesville

7,133 acres and
220 acres minerals

Disposals of mineral materials may be authorized outside of or away from riparian zones, sensitive plants, and cultural resources.

Shooting of firearms, except for the legal taking of game, is prohibited.

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

Continued closure to the mining laws in the Keyesville area (Sec. 25 SE¼, and Sec. 36 N½NE¼, SE¼, T. 26 S., R. 32 E., MDB&M). Expand closure to include Sec. 25 S½SW¼, Sec 35 NE¼NE¼, and Sec 36 S½NE¼, N½NW¼.

Portions limited to day-use only.

Routes of travel for OHVs and bicycles shall be designated in the Keyesville SMA.

Available for livestock grazing and is currently allotted and grazing will continue to be authorized.

Recreational mining may be allowed within areas near Keyesville that are withdrawn from the general mining laws, subject to permit.

KER-311

160 acres

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

Unavailable for livestock grazing due to other resource concerns.

Monache NCLWMA

306,422 acres within the Caliente and Ridgecrest Resource Areas

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.

Available for livestock grazing and use may continue to be authorized.

North Fork

4,870 acres

Available for livestock grazing and currently allotted.

Portions of the area may be managed as day use only and maximum lengths for stays for visitors may be shortened to accommodate more visitors and reduce visitor conflicts.

Pacific Crest Trail

116 miles

Continue closure of trail to vehicles, including bicycles.

Manage the Lamont Peak spur trail to the PCNST as a hiking and equestrian trail, keeping it closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles.

Spur trails will be established where possible and an equestrian trailhead will be pursued near Tehachapi.

Walker Pass NHL

37 acres

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

Available for livestock grazing.

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