[Federal Register: July 14, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 134)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan and
Environmental Impact Statement for Eastern San Diego County, CA
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of intent.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act
of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701), as amended; the National Environmental Policy
Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321), as amended; and the Council on
Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will prepare a Resource Management Plan
(RMP) for Eastern San Diego County and a Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) to evaluate the effects of land and resource management decisions
in the Eastern San Diego County Planning Area.
DATES: BLM will accept written and electronic comments on the scope of
the RMP until October 12, 2004 and received by October 22, 2004, and
electronic comments received by October 12, 2004. Additional
opportunities for public involvement, including a schedule of public
meetings, will be announced separately from this notice in local
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by the following methods: Written:
Lynnette Elser, Eastern San Diego County Resource Management Plan and
EIS, 1661 South 4th Street, El Centro, CA 92243. Electronic:
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information, including
information on how to comment, you may contact Lynnette Elser, Bureau
of Land Management, El Centro Field Office, 1661 South 4th Street, El
Centro, CA or phone (760) 768-4400.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Individual respondents may request
confidentiality. If you wish BLM to withhold your name or street
address, except for the city or town, from public view or from
disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this
prominently at the beginning of your written comment. We will honor
requests to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from
organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying
themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or
businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.
Background Information: The Eastern San Diego County Planning Area
encompasses 98,902 acres of land administered by the BLM in Eastern San
Diego County, California. BLM lands within the Planning Area are
administered by the El Centro Field Office and are immediately west of
the California Desert Conservation Area. Land management within the
Planning Area is currently guided by the Eastern San Diego County
Management Framework Plan, completed in 1981. There are two Wilderness
Areas (Carrizo Gorge and Sawtooth Mountain) within the Planning Area.
There are also four Wilderness Study Areas. Two Areas of Critical
Environmental Concern (Table Mountain and McCain Valley) are
designated. Lark Canyon Off-Road Vehicle Area is managed for vehicular
recreation. Remaining areas are managed in accordance with Multiple Use
The intent of the current Resource Management Plan and EIS
preparation process is to analyze and update land and resource
management objectives within the Planning Area. The Resource Management
Plan will consider: impacts posed by rapid population and community
growth, the need to make resource decisions that are scientifically
sound, legally defensible and sustainable resource decisions, the need
to provide access to significant energy sources and communication
sites, the need for utility corridors, the need for continuation of
grazing activities, the need to maximize use of public lands in species
recovery and habitat conservation, and the need to provide adequate
facilities for safe recreation and visitation on the public lands.
Issues to be addressed in the Resource Management Plan will include
recreation, off-highway vehicle use, routes-of-travel designations,
wildlife, botanical resources, endangered species, cultural resources,
Native American concerns, visual resources, livestock grazing,
wilderness, fire management, and mining. Existing wilderness study
areas designations will be evaluated. Boundaries and existence of
currently designated wilderness areas will not be changed.
Compatibility with management plans proposed by other public land
management entities for adjacent lands will be considered.
The Resource Management Plan and EIS will be prepared by an
interdisciplinary team with specialists for recreation, wilderness,
botany, biology, archeology, wildlife, range management, realty, visual
resources, geology and mining, range management and planning.
The approved Resource Management Plan will replace the existing
East San Diego County Framework Management Plan as the document guiding
land and resource management decisions on BLM-administered lands in the
Acting Field Manager.
[FR Doc. 04-15887 Filed 7-13-04; 8:45 am]
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