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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 321

Draft of Carrizo plan moving forward

Members of the Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee gave a thumbs-up to the preliminary preferred alternative for the monument management plan.

Committee member Carl Twisselman said he has worked with the Bureau of Land Management on a number of plans. “This is the best effort at this stage I’ve seen,” he said.

The BLM, The Nature Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Game - the monument’s managing partners – presented the preliminary preferred alternative to the advisory committee at a Feb. 23 meeting. Another meeting to update the committee is scheduled for June 28.

The Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement is scheduled to be released for public comment in late September.

Carrizo Plain National Monument manager Johna Hurl present details of a proposal to the monument's Advisory Committee
Carrizo Plain National Monument manager Johna Hurl presents details of a draft plan, preliminary preferred alternative

The monument advisory committee members provided positive feedback about the direction of the proposed preliminary preferred alternative. They suggested that the BLM continue to work with Native Americans on regarding access to Painted Rock. They also asked the BLM to research possible hydrologic impacts to Soda Lake from a proposed solar project north of the monument.

Tim Smith, BLM Bakersfield Field Office manager, said BLM has had a discussion with a company that has oil and gas estate with in the monument, regarding access to conduct geophysical work. No applications have been submitted and he said he will keep MAC members informed of any new developments.

Carrizo Plain National Monument

Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee

- D. Christy, 2/08

BLM California News.bytes, issue 321

Last updated: 03-06-2008