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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 323


 BLM RAC looks at Clear Creek OHV use, endangered plants. asbestos

Members of the Central California Resource Advisory Council got a first-hand view of the management challenges facing the Bureau of Land Management on a Saturday tour of the Clear Creek Management Area. (text continues below)

OHV rider and former RAC member Ed Tobin, at right, discusses access issues from the OHV community's perspective:
OHV rider and former RAC member Ed Tobin, at right, discusses access issues from the OHV community's perspective

BLM staff from the Hollister Field Office showed participants a variety of areas, from habitat for species such as the San Benito evening primrose, to routes used by OHV riders, and to a former asbestos mine.

About half of the 63,000-acre Clear Creek Management Area in San Benito and Fresno Counties is located on one of the largest naturally occurring asbestos deposits in the world. The area is a popular spot for off-highway vehicle riders. Approximately 35,000 visitors each year use hundreds of miles of trails.

The BLM conducted scoping meetings last fall for a Resource Management Plan for the Clear Creek Management Area. There will be additional opportunities to make scoping comments following the release of an asbestos human health risk assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency this spring.

In addition to asbestos issues, the discussion included how BLM can work with OHV riders and others to manage the area. BLM staff and OHV organizations will explore using volunteers to help educate users on rules and regulations at Clear Creek. The Resource Advisory Council has established an OHV sub-group to make a recommendation on the use of volunteers.

BLM Hollister Field Office manager Rick Cooper shares a map of the Clear Creek area with RAC members. 
BLM Hollister Field Office manager Rick Cooper shares a map of the Clear Creek area with RAC members

Law enforcement ranger Alex Lomvardias, with BLM-California's Hollister Field Office discusses marijuana plantations and other law enforcement issues with the RAC.
Law enforcement ranger Alex Lomvardias, with BLM-California's Hollister Field Office discusses marijuana plantations and other law enforcement issues with the RAC

- Dave Christy, 3/08

BLM California News.bytes, issue 323


 
Last updated: 03-20-2008