Clear Creek Management Area
Record of Decision & Approved Resource Management Plan
We are pleased to announce after several years of collaborative effort, the Record of Decision (ROD) and Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Clear Creek Management Area are complete.
The BLM's Federal Register Notice of Availability for the CCMA ROD and Approved RMP marks the beginning of a 30-day appeal period for the public to challenge implementation decisions in the Approved RMP. Instructions on how to file an appeal during the 30-day appeal period for these decisions are in the ROD (pg. 1-45) and at 43 CFR Part 4, Subpart E.
The temporary closure order for CCMA that was issued on May 1, 2008 will remain in effect until the end of the 30-day appeal period on March 14, 2014.
The CCMA ROD and Approved RMP serves as the final decision for the management of approximately 63,000 acres of public lands in southern San Benito and western Fresno counties, as described in the Approved RMP. Under the ROD and approved RMP, highway licensed vehicles are allowed on 32 miles of major roads in the Serpentine ACEC to provide access to key areas of interest for non-motorized recreation. Access into the Serpentine ACEC is authorized by permit only, with vehicle touring limited to five days per year and pedestrian activity limited to 12 days per year.
The ROD links final land use plan decisions to the proposed decisions and analysis presented in the CCMA Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) that was released on April 5, 2013, and subject to a 30-day protest period that ended on May 6, 2013. Twenty-one protest letters were received.
Based on the concerns regarding the health risks of naturally occurring asbestos, criteria were added to the management plan to allow the BLM to reassess land use plan decisions if significant new information on human health risks from exposure to airborne asbestos fibers becomes available.
BLM will continue to work with California State Parks, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to identify opportunities for activity-based studies on asbestos exposure to recreational users in the Serpentine ACEC portion of the CCMA. BLM will also consult with the BLM Central California Resource Advisory Council to assist with plan implementation and adaptive management.
Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement
Federal Register Notices
Rick Cooper, Field Manager
Bureau of Land Management
Hollister Field Office
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Hollister, CA 95023
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