U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|California Desert District|
West Mojave (WEMO) Route Network Project and Plan Amendment
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
A cultural resources programmatic agreement (PA) has been signed between BLM California, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the Consulting Parties for the WMRNP. The PA is currently being implemented and is available at WEMO Programmatic Agreement Final, September 2015 . Annual Reports of the PA implementation will be posted on this site when complete. If you would like more information or are interested in being a Consulting Party for the implementation of the PA, please contact Jim Shearer 760-252-6034
An amended Biological Opinion to the 2006 WEMO Plan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was signed in December 2007 and is currently in effect. A biological assessent is under development for submission to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to initiate formal consultation on the WMRMP, and will be posted on this site when complete. The biological opinion for the supplemental WMRNP will also be posted when complete.
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 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.
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 satisy the remedy order, new route designations must be completed, consistent with the court's order, by September 30, 2015, and new livestock grazing decisions must be issued within six months of the Record of Decision for this supplemental West Mojave EIS.
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