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Discussing the future of Clear Creek

About 250 members of the public, mainly off-highway vehicle users, discussed the future management of the Clear Creek Management Area at a scoping meeting Monday night in Hollister.

A second scoping meeting will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library Room 225, 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose.

The CCMA encompasses approximately 63,000 acres of public lands in southern San Benito and western Fresno counties.  The alternatives developed will be analyzed in a resource management plan and environmental impact statement (RMP/EIS) for the area, according to Rick Cooper, BLM’s Hollister field manager.

Following an opening presentation by Sky Murphy, BLM Hollister Field Office planner, the scoping meeting broke into work groups to develop comments to be addressed in the RMP/EIS. Many comments concerned a health risk assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency and BLM’s temporary closure of the area with asbestos. Comments requested further review of the EPA data, possible ways to mitigate asbestos risk to allow continued use and use of the area outside the asbestos zone. (text continues below)

BLM planner Sky Murphy (right) listens to a comment from the public during the scoping meeting
BLM planner Sky Murphy (right) listens to a comment from the public during the scoping meeting

Other issues were raised such as impacts on adjoining landowners, economic impact and other uses such as hiking or hunting.

BLM will summarize comments in a scoping report that will be made available to the public.

Scoping comments will be accepted through June 21. Comments on long-term management alternatives for the CCMA should be sent to the BLM Hollister Field Office, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, Calif. 95023; fax: 831-630-5055; or e-mail, cahormp@ca.blm.gov.  For further information contact Sky Murphy, BLM Hollister Field Office, environmental planning specialist, (831) 630-5039.

Attendees formed work groups to develop comments
Members of one work group share a discussion at a table, while others do the same in the background

- D. Christy, 5/08

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 332

Last updated: 05-21-2008