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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 421

Interested parties discuss socio-economic impacts of Clear Creek RMP/EIS

Business owners, off-highway vehicle riders and organizations, rockhounds and other interested parties attended a workshop Monday in Hollister to discuss socio-economic impacts for the Clear Creek Management Area Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) being developed.

Attendees talked about the value of the area to the regional economy, as well as activities that have historically gone on at Clear Creek.

Written comments on the draft RMP/EIS must be postmarked or received by BLM no later than March 5, 2010.

Many people sit in a large room, as a man speaks to them from the front
BLM Hollister Field Office Manager Rick Cooper gives the opening remarks at the workshop.

The CCMA encompasses approximately 63,000 acres of public lands in southern San Benito and western Fresno counties.

The CCMA draft RMP/EIS was developed through a public planning process and considers seven alternatives. The primary issues addressed are public health risk from asbestos exposure in CCMA, recreation, protection of sensitive natural and cultural resources, energy and mineral development, land tenure adjustments, and other planning issues identified during the public scoping process. 

The draft RMP/EIS is available on-line for public review at the BLM Hollister Field Office webpage: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/clear_creek_management_area/CCMA_RMP.html. Compact disks of the document are available by request from the Hollister Field Office at the address above. For additional information contact the Hollister Field Office at (831) 630-5000.

Man sits among a crowd of others
Ed Tobin leads a break-out group of OHV riders.

- D. Christy, BLM Central California District, 2/23/10

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 421

Last updated: 02-24-2010