U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 110 (Wednesday, June 8, 2011)]
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management[L12200000.NO0000.LLCAD00000]
Final Supplementary Rules for Public Lands Managed by the California Desert District
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
ACTION: Final supplementary rules.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Decision Record for the California Desert District (CDD) Supplementary Rules for Recreation Environmental Assessment, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), CDD office and the five field offices within the CDD, are issuing Final Supplementary Rules for public lands administered by the BLM.
Upon publication, these Final Supplementary Rules will supersede the Interim Final Supplementary Rules that the BLM published on June 25, 2010. These Final Supplementary Rules are necessary to enhance the safety of visitors, protect natural resources, improve recreation experiences and opportunities, and protect public health. These rules do not impose or implement any land use limitations or restrictions other than those included within the CDD Supplementary Rules for Recreation Environmental Assessment Decision Record.
DATES: The Final Supplementary Rules are effective June 8, 2011.
ADDRESSES: Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, California 92553. Phone: (951) 697-5233. Web site: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd/cdd_supplementary.html.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynnette Elser, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, BLM, California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, California 92553, phone: (951) 697-5233, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitors to the CDD encounter inconsistent rules regarding appropriate conduct in recreational areas. This inconsistency hampers the BLM's ability to provide a safe recreational experience, and minimize conflicts among users. The BLM is establishing these rules to improve the consistency of rules for public lands within the CDD.
On June 25, 2010, the BLM published a Notice of Interim Final Supplementary Rules for Public Lands Managed by the California Desert District (75 FR 36438). A 30-day public comment period began on the date of publication of the Interim Final Supplementary Rules, and ended on July 26, 2010. The BLM received 41 written comments were received during this period. The BLM has considered all relevant comments during the preparation of these Final Supplementary Rules. The following addresses the main areas of focus of the comments received.
The Interim Final Supplementary Rules defined ``Special Recreation Permit'' as ``a permit issued under the authority of 43 CFR 8372.1.'' In fact, special recreation permits are issued under the authority of 43 CFR part 2930. The BLM has corrected the definition of ``Special Recreation Permit'' in the Final Supplementary Rules. In addition, the BLM has made the following minor editorial revisions to the definitions: (1) The definitions are now arranged in alphabetical order. (2) The terms that are defined are now indicated in italics. (3)
The Interim Final Supplementary Rules prohibited public nudity ``at all developed sites and areas and all [Off Road Vehicle (ORV)] open areas.'' Several commenters stated that: (1) Nudity is not offensive.
The BLM recognizes that clothing-optional recreation is desirable by some individuals and groups. However, it is in the interest of maintaining order to prohibit public nudity in areas where visitor use, recreation opportunities, and/or facilities draw large numbers of visitors. In such areas, public nudity can create controversy and conflicts among users, and cause crowd-control concerns. The intent of the Interim Final Supplementary Rules and the Final Supplementary Rules is to allow lands with a lower concentration of visitors, such as
One commenter requested that the BLM follow the California State Cahill policy, which allows nude recreation unless there is a complaint. Unlike the BLM's adoption of the State's definition of ``nudity'' in these rules, the California State Cahill policy would be at odds with our goals to reduce the potential for controversy, conflicts among users, and crowd-control concerns in areas that draw large numbers of visitors. Therefore, the BLM has decided not to adopt that policy.
Passengers in ORVs and Trailers
The Interim Final Supplementary Rules prohibited riding in, or transporting any person in or on, ``a portion of an ORV or trailer that is not designed or intended for the transportation of passengers.'' The BLM will finalize the rule as written in the Interim Final Supplementary Rules.
The Interim Final Supplementary Rules prohibited the use and possession of ``any firewood materials containing nails, screws, or other metal hardware, including, but not limited to, wood pallets and/or construction debris.'' Many commenters stated that nails in firewood is not the problem, but that the real problem is that the nails are not picked up and discarded properly. One commenter requested that the BLM remove the nails from the fire rings after use.
Glass Beverage Containers
The Interim Final Supplementary Rules prohibited the possession of glass beverage containers ``in all developed sites and areas and all ORV open areas.'' Numerous commenters stated that they prefer beer and wine in bottles rather than other types of containers. They stated that bottles left as debris was the main issue.
The Interim Final Supplementary Rules prohibited placing into the ground any non-flexible object such as, but not limited to, metal or wood stakes, poles, or pipes, with the exception of small tent or awning stakes, at all developed sites and areas and all ORV open areas.
The Interim Final Supplementary Rules prohibited camping within the areas commonly known as Competition Hill Corridor and Competition Hill located within the Dumont Dunes ORV Area, as shown on the map at the entrance kiosk. No comments were received for this provision, and it has been adopted as published in the Interim Final Supplementary Rules.
Reserving Camping Space
The Interim Final Supplementary Rules prohibited reserving or saving a camping space for another person at all developed sites and areas and all ORV open areas. Some commenters stated that saving spaces is necessary and this rule would prevent them from camping with friends and family when the arrival time is different. They also stated that ``wagon wheel'' camping would not be feasible with this rule. The BLM agrees that this provision may make it more difficult for groups to camp together in popular places, but also supports equal access for all recreational users. This provision has been adopted as published in the Interim Final Supplementary Rules.
Trash and Litter
The Interim Final Supplementary Rules required all persons to keep their sites free of trash and litter during the period of occupancy. One commenter questioned whether this rule would require someone to pick up the trash left by a previous occupant of the area. To clarify, a new occupant is required to keep the site free of trash, regardless of who discarded the trash. This provision has been adopted as published in the Interim Final Supplementary Rules.
Several commenters requested that the BLM increase the fees for violations, increase jail time for offenders, and confiscate the vehicles of offenders. These consequences are set by Federal statutes and regulations and are beyond the authority of this rule making. One commenter requested that the BLM issue ``fix it'' tickets for trash violations. It is unnecessary to include this type of provision in the Final Supplementary Rules because law enforcement officers already have the authority and discretion to request that campers clean up their
Some comments were not relevant to this rulemaking, and instead provided information and opinions on other management issues. One commenter asked the BLM to define camping. The Interim Final Supplementary Rules included a definition of ``camp,'' and the BLM sees no reason to change that definition in the Final Supplementary Rules. A few commenters stated that new rules were not required, that the BLM should enforce the existing rules, and that the BLM should have more pressing things to do. Several commenters expressed support for many of the rules. The BLM did not revise these rules in response to these comments.
III. Procedural Matters
Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review
These Final Supplementary Rules are not a significant regulatory action and are not subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. They will not have an effect of $100 million or more on the economy. They do not affect commercial activity. They will not adversely affect, in a material way, the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, environment, public health or safety, or state, local, or tribal governments or communities. They will not create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
The BLM has prepared an Environmental Assessment (CA-670-10-38) and has determined that the Final Supplementary Rules would not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and therefore the preparation of an environmental impact statement was not necessary, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C). The EA was posted on
Regulatory Flexibility Act
Congress enacted the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) of 1980, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 601-612, to ensure that Government regulations do not unnecessarily or disproportionately burden small entities. The RFA requires a regulatory flexibility analysis if a rule would have a significant economic impact, either detrimental or beneficial, on a substantial number of small entities. These Final Supplementary Rules merely establish rules of conduct for public recreational use of specific public lands. Therefore, the BLM has determined under the RFA
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act
These Final Supplementary Rules do not constitute a ``major rule'' as defined at 5 U.S.C. 804(2). These rules merely establish rules of conduct for recreational use of certain public lands and do not affect commercial or business activities of any kind.
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act
These Final Supplementary Rules do not impose an unfunded mandate on state, local or tribal governments or the private sector of more than $100 million per year; nor do these rules have a significant or unique effect on state, local, or tribal governments or the private sector. These Final Supplementary Rules have no effect on state, local, or tribal governments and do not impose any requirements on any of these entities. Therefore, the BLM has determined that no statement is required by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).
Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference With Constitutionally Protected Property Rights (Takings)
These Final Supplementary Rules do not represent a government action capable of interfering with constitutionally protected property rights. These rules do not address property rights in any form, and do not cause the impairment of one's property rights. Therefore, the BLM has determined that these Final Supplementary Rules would not cause a
Executive Order 13132, Federalism
These Final Supplementary Rules will not have a substantial direct effect on the states, on the relationship between the national government and the states, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. These rules do not conflict with any California state law or regulation. Therefore, in accordance with Executive Order 13132, the BLM has determined that these rules do not have sufficient Federalism implications to warrant preparation of a Federalism Assessment.
Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform
Under Executive Order 12988, the BLM California State Office has determined that these supplementary rules would not unduly burden the judicial system and that they meet requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of the Order.
Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments
In accordance with Executive Order 13175, the BLM has found that these Final Supplementary Rules do not include policies that have tribal implications. The rules do not affect Indian resource, religious, or property rights.
Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use
These Final Supplementary Rules do not comprise a significant energy action. The rules will not have an adverse effect on energy supply, production, or consumption and have no connection with energy policy.
Paperwork Reduction Act
These Final Supplementary Rules do not contain information collection requirements that the Office of Management and Budget must approve under the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.
Information Quality Act
In developing these Final Supplementary Rules, the BLM did not conduct or use a study, experiment or survey requiring peer review under the Information Quality Act (Section 515 of Pub. L. 106-554).
The principal author of these Final Supplementary Rules is Lynnette Elser, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, BLM California Desert District.
SUPPLEMENTARY RULES FOR LANDS MANAGED BY THE BLM CALIFORNIA DESERT DISTRICT OFFICE
For the reasons stated in the Supplementary Information Section, above, and under the authority of 43 CFR 8365.1-6, the California State Director, Bureau of Land Management, issues supplementary rules for public lands managed by the California Desert District (CDD), to read as follows:
James Wesley Abbott,