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Lacey-Cactus-McCloud Allotment

General Description of the Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to issue one 10 year term permit on the Lacey-Cactus-McCloud (L-C-M) Allotment to authorize livestock grazing in accordance with laws and policy described in the Purpose and Need section below. The L-C-M Allotment is located east of Olancha, California in Inyo County. U.S. Route 190 borders the allotment on its north side, and the Naval Air weapons Station borders the allotment on the southern and eastern side.

The allotment is located in Inyo County, California. Elevation range is between 3750 feet and 7493 feet. Vegetation communities are a mix of Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland, and Great Basin Scrub.

Within the context of the CDCA Plan as amended with the West Mojave Desert Plan amendment (WMP), BLM is proposing specific permit terms and conditions to ensure that an appropriate multiple use balance is maintained on this allotment while providing for conservation in accordance with WMP and the associated biological opinion. In addition, BLM may use its authority to close an area of the allotment to grazing use or take other measures to protect resources if needed. Therefore, issuance of a fully processed grazing permit with such applicable terms and conditions is necessary to manage the public’s use, occupancy, and development of the public lands and prevent unnecessary or undue degradation of the lands. (43 USC 1732(b)).

For more information please contact the Bureau of Land Management Ridgecrest Field Office. 

Appeal Period

The appeal period will run from August 27 until the close of business (4:00 PM) on September 25, 2013. Appeals and petitions for stay should be addressed to Carl B. Symons, Field Manager, and must be submitted as hard copy documents and mailed to the BLM, Ridgecrest Field Office, 300 S. Richmond Rd., Ridgecrest, CA 93555, “to the attention of Sam Fitton.”

Please contact Sam Fitton at 760-384-5432 with questions regarding this action.

Related Documents

Final Decision 
Aug 2013

Protest Period

Proposed Decision

Environmental Assessment June 2013


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