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News.bytes Extra, issue 504

Public comments on BLM Bakersfield plan

More than 100 members of the public attended recent meetings to discuss the future of lands managed by BLM’s Bakersfield Field Office.

BLM held a series of meetings in from Three Rivers to San Luis Obispo to gather comments on the Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement covers lands (excluding Carrizo Plain National Monument) managed by BLM’s Bakersfield Field Office, which includes lands in eight counties in central California: Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kings, Tulare, Madera, eastern Fresno and western Kern.

The Draft RMP/EIS establishes goals, objectives and management actions for approximately 404,000 acres of BLM-administered public land and 1.2 million acres of federal mineral estate. It also documents the analysis of the environmental impacts of many land management issues, including, recreation, special status species and energy development.

Copies of the Draft RMP/EIS are available upon request from the Field Manager, Bakersfield Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308 or via the internet at http://www.ca.blm.gov/bakersfield.

The Draft RMP/EIS can also be reviewed at the BLM California State Office at 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W 1834, Sacramento and at the following public libraries: Bakersfield Beale Memorial Library, Fresno County Public Library, Kern River Valley Branch Library, Taft Branch Library, Three Rivers Library, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, Santa Barbara Public Library and Ventura County Library. 

The public is invited to submit comments on the Draft RMP/EIS prior to December 9, 2011, by email to: cacalrmp@blm.gov or by mail to:  Bakersfield RMP, Bureau of Land Management, 3801 Pegasus Dr, Bakersfield, Calif. 93308.

People talk while standing around a table
Peter DeWitt, BLM recreation planner, discusses off-highway vehicle access at the meeting in San Luis Obispo.

People look over maps laid out upon a table
Sue Porter, BLM planner and Karen Doran, BLM range conservationist, review maps with attendees at San Luis Obispo.

A man speaks to a group as a slide shows on a projector screen
Tim Smith, Bakersfield Field Office manager, gives an overview during the meeting at Three Rivers

- David Christy, BLM Central California public affairs, 10/24/11

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Last updated: 10-27-2011