California Desert District

West Mojave (WEMO) Route Network Project and Plan Amendment 


The West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP) is a travel management planning effort covering 9.24 million acres in the West Mojave area of the California desert.  Approximately 3.1 million acres in the planning area are public lands managed by the BLM.  The WMRNP supplements the 2006 West Mojave Plan.  The supplemental plan has two broad sets of goals:

Access Management
The plan identifies an overall travel and transportation management strategy, implementation framework, and access network for public lands users in the West Mojave portion of the California Desert.

Livestock Grazing
The plan identifies additional livestock grazing alternatives that may enhance long-term conservation goals identified in the 2006 West Mojave Plan.

The planning area covers the western portion of the Mojave Desert in southern California including parts of San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Kern, Inyo, and a small portion of Riverside Counties.  The plan applies to public lands in the planning area, and the travel management strategies apply on lands that are available for motorized and mechanized travel on designated routes only, totalling approximately 2.35 million acres.  Other public lands in the planning area may be in closed areas, such as wilderness, or in open areas, such as OHV Open Areas.  Closed and open areas have existing area-specific travel management guidance, policies, or plans.

The WMRNP 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 also address inconsistencies in the language between the CDCA and the West Mojave Plan.

In addition, travel management plans are being prepared to designate specific routes in various portions of the West Mojave and implement the route network.


Public Comments

The public comment period begins with the publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, which was issued in March 2015.

Submit public comments by email to cawemopa@blm.gov or by mail to:

Bureau of Land Management
California Desert District
Attn: WMRNP Plan Amendment
22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

All comments must be received by June 4, 2015.


Public Meetings

Public meetings were held throughout the planning area and surrounding population centers. Opportunities to submit written comments were provided at the following public meetings:

  • Tues., March 31, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Kerr-McGee Center, Pinnacles Room,
    100 W California Ave, Ridgecrest Calif.

  • Thurs., April 2, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Hilton Garden Inn, 12603 Mariposa Rd, Victorville, Calif.
  • Tues., April 7, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Lone Pine Community Center, Stratham Hall, 138 Jackson St, Lone Pine, Calif.
  • Wed., April 15, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Yucca Valley Community Center Complex, Yucca Room, 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca, Calif.

    Following is a brief powerpoint presentation that provides a summary of the West Mojave Route Network Project and the Preferred Alternative. 

Consultation Information

State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

A cultural resources programmatic agreement (PA) is being developed between BLM, SHPO, and consulting parties for the implementation of the WMRNP.  If you would like more information or are interested in being a consulting party for the implementation of the PA, please contact Ashley Blythe, phone (760) 384-5424 or email ablythe@blm.gov.  The PA will be posted on this site when complete.

Fish and Wildlife Service

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.


Background

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.


 

 Draft West Mojave
Route Network Plan and DEIS

 

Draft West Mojave Route Network Plan and Draft Supplemental EIS, February 2015

 

 

 

Interactive Alternative Maps (PDF)
Please note: Microsoft Internet Explorer is required to access SFTA (optimized for 7.0; accessible in later versions with Compatibility View Enabled).

1. Interactive Alternative Maps are located on our ftp site.
https://www.blm.gov/sfta/anonymous/anonymousLogin.do
2. Follow the instructions on this site to obtain access, then follow this path:

pub
CA
gis
FieldOffices
CaliforniaDesertDistrict

3. Select any of the WEMO_Map_Route_Alternatives files
4. Click the Get Selection(s) button
5. Save or open the .zip files

If you would like assistance working with the pdf maps, please call (951) 697-5258.  You may also request a CD of all the maps by calling our office at (760) 252-6021.


 

 

 

 WEMO Court Mandates
 

Supplemental Maps

 

West Mojave Route Network DAC Subgroup

  
 Quarterly Reports
 

March 2015

 

 December 2014

 

September 2014

 

June 2014

 

March 2014

 

December 2013

 

September 2013

 

June 2013

 

April 2013   

 

December 2012

 

September 2012

 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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