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Public wants multiple use in Caliente Resource Plan revision

Members of the public want to see Bureau of Land Management lands used for multiple use, while maintaining them for future generations.

The BLM Bakersfield Field Office is beginning to revise the Caliente Resource Management Plan. This plan guides the management of approximately 600,000 acres of public lands and another 450,000 acres of mineral estate within Kings, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, Ventura, and western Kern counties. The revised plan will be expanded to include Madera and eastern Fresno counties. The Carrizo Plain National Monument will not be included since a separate plan is being prepared for the monument.

Scoping meetings were held around the area from Bakersfield to Three Rivers. Although comments varied by area, a common theme was members of the public wish to see access preserved for a variety of uses, from hiking, to grazing, to off-highway vehicle use, while still protecting the resources. (continued below)

A member of the audience speaks up during one of the public meetings
A member of the audience speaks up during one of the public meetings

Public lands within the Bakersfield Field Office are used for recreation, oil & gas production, endangered species management, livestock grazing, and much more. The Caliente Resource Management Plan (RMP) was completed in 1997. A copy is available for reference on the Internet at: www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/bakersfield/Programs/planning/rmpcontents.html

Although the direction included within that plan is still pertinent, revisions are needed to keep the plan current. California’s rapid population growth, increased interest in oil and gas production, new mandates for the protection of California’s sensitive plants and animals, and changes in public land ownership make it imperative that the plan be updated.

The public is invited to help identify planning issues to be addressed in the planning process. We invite you to submit your thoughts on how public lands should be used. Resource allocations, levels of use, development and protection opportunities, and general management are all appropriate topics for comment. Comments may be submitted via email by sending them to: cacalrmp@ca.blm.gov, or by mailing them to: RMP Revision, Bureau of Land Management, 3801 Pegasus Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Comments will be accepted through May 5. 

Wildlife biologist Amy Kurisubo and petroleum engineer Jeff Prude, both of BLM-California's Bakersfield Field Office, listen
to public comments during one of the scoping meetings
Wildlife biologist Amy Kurisubo and petroleum engineer Jeff Prude, both of BLM-California's Bakersfield Field Office, listen to public comments during one of the scoping meetings

Tim Smith, manager of BLM-California's Bakersfield Field Office, addresses a question from the crowd 
Tim Smith, manager of BLM-California's Bakersfield Field Office, addresses a question from the crowd


BLM California News.bytes, issue 328


 
Last updated: 04-22-2008