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Continuing the discussion of Clear Creek

About 110 members of the public, mainly off-highway vehicle users, discussed the future management of the Clear Creek Management Area at a scoping meeting May 21 in 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. (text continues below)

BLM Hollister Field Office Manager Rick Cooper answers a question from a member of the public
BLM- California Hollister Field Office Manager Rick Cooper answers a question from a member of the public 

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. As in a May 19 scoping meeting in Hollister, 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. Suggestions included allowing only single-track trails to minimize dust and limiting the number of days individuals can use Clear Creek annually.

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.

BLM park ranger Angela Bradley checks in with a group working on comments
BLM park ranger Angela Bradley checks in with a group working on comments

- D. Christy, 5/08

 
 
BLM-California News.bytes, issue 333

 
Last updated: 05-29-2008