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West Mojave (WEMO) Plan Amendment Activity


The West Mojave Plan is a federal land use plan amendment adopted in 2006, that (1) presents a comprehensive strategy to conserve and protect the desert tortoise, the Mohave ground squirrel and over 100 other sensitive plants and animals and the natural communities of which they are a part, and (2) provides a streamlined program for complying with the requirements of the California and federal Endangered Species Acts (CESA and FESA, respectively).

The planning area covers 9.3 million acres in the western portion of the Mojave Desert in southern California covering parts of San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Kern, and Inyo Counties. The plan applies to the 3.2 million acres of public lands.

The Record of Decision for the West Mojave Plan /Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan was signed in March 2006. Other agencies did not adopt the habitat conservation plan proposed in the West Mojave Plan to cover their jurisdictions, and therefore the adopted plan only applies to public lands.

An amended Biological Opinion to the WEMO Plan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was signed in December 2007.

In September of 2009, the Court issued a summary judgment remanding the route designations made in the West Mojave Plan, but keeping other parts of the plan, primarily related to the conservation of species, in place.  A remedy order based on this judgment was issued in January, 2011, and identified the West Mojave route network, with few changes, would be in place until the remedy order is satisfied. 

To satisfy the remedy order, new route designations must be completed, consistent with the court’s order, by March 31, 2014.  This is the basis for the supplemental West Mojave EIS and specific travel management plans now under development.

Public Comments 

The Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental document and proposed plan amendment initiates the public scoping process ending on October 17, 2011. The supplemental EIS will form the framework for route designation in the West Mojave area, consistent with the rest of the West Mojave Plan.  The plan amendment will address inconsistencies in the language between the CDCA and the West Mojave Plan that was one of the subjects of the court order.

In addition, eight travel management plans are being prepared to designate specific routes in various portions of the West Mojave and implement the route network.  Eight scoping meetings have been scheduled to initiate these plans.  A map overview of the area covered by each of the meetings is also provided.  If you would like to submit comments, you can use the posted comment form if you wish.  The scoping process for the travel management plan ends April 15, 2012.  Comments provided after that time will be considered as feasible until the draft plans are published, but will not be included in the scoping document for the travel management plans.

Please submit public comments by email at or send them to Bureau of land Management, California Desert District, Attn: WEMO Plan Activity Amendment, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553.

Collaborative Access Planning Area

The Collaborative Access Planning Area or CAPA process for routes in the Travel Management Area 7 will include public input in a similar fashion as current WEMO route designations that are proceeding to comply with current court order. The process will also include publically announced meetings/work sessions to enable affected communities and publics to provide local knowledge and concerns that will facilitate a collaborative solution to routes in this area.
For consideration in the development of travel management plans for the El Paso and Ridgecrest Travel Management Areas, written public input will be accepted through January 25, 2013 to: Ridgecrest Field Office, Craig Beck, Wilderness, & Operations Branch Chief, 300 S. Richmond Rd., Ridgecrest, CA 93555, or by email

WEMO Court Mandates

Supplemental Maps

Travel Management Area Maps

West Mojave Route Network DAC Subgroup
Next Meeting Dates (subgroup) December 4

Cooperating Agencies Desk Guide

 Related Documents

Scoping Report

 Appendix A - Notification
 Appendix B - Meeting Materials
 Appendix C - Comments
 Public Participation Info and Notices
 Notice of Intent
 News Release about Notice of Intent
 News Release about Meetings  
 Corrected News Release about Meetings  
 Comment Form
 Quarterly Reports
 December 2014


Notice of Filing
 September 2014
  Notice of Filing
 Year 1 Monitoring Status
 Year 1 Map
 June 2014
  Notice of Filing
 March 2014
  Notice of Filing
 December 2013
  Notice of Filing
 September 2013
  Notice of Filing
 June 2013
  Notice of Filing
  Pilot Test Summary
  OHV Final Monitoring Protocol
  Air Quality Evaluation
 April 2013   
  Notice of Filing
  Site Visit Itinerary
  Pilot Monitoring Sampling
 December 2012
  Notice of Filing
  Exhibit A - Data Dictionary
  Exhibit B - Monitoring Results
  Exhibit C - Barstow Kiosk
  Exhibit D - Ridgecrest Kiosk
 September 2012
  Notice of Filing
  Plan Monitoring Results
 July 2012
 March 2012
 January 2012
 September 2011
 July 2011
 BLM Travel Management Guidance
 Travel Management Handbook
 Travel Management Program
 Travel Management Guidance

Off-Road Vehicles: 43 CFR Part 8340

 Designation Criteria: 43 CFR Part 8342.1
CDCA Plan – Motorized Vehicle Access Element (from 1999 printed version of CDCA Plan)

Bureau of Land Management
California Desert District
22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Phone: (951) 697-5200
Fax: (951) 697-5299
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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