News Release

For Release:  Feb. 13, 2007
Contact:  Larry Ames (707) 468-4000 or Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
CA-N-07-32

BLM Seeking Input on Cow Mountain Recreation Area Management Plan

People interested in the Cow Mountain Recreation Area near Ukiah and Lakeport can participate in upcoming public meetings to advise the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on issues that should be addressed in a new Recreation Area Management Plan.

The meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Healdsburg:  Monday, Feb. 26, Healdsburg City Library Conference Room, 139 Piper St.
  • Ukiah:  Tuesday, Feb. 27, BLM Ukiah Field Office Conference Room, 2550 North State St.
  • Lakeport:  Thursday, March 1, Lake County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 255 N. Forbes St

Meeting participants will have an opportunity to get more information and to provide written comments on issues the BLM should take into consideration in developing the new plan.  Those who do not submit comments at a meeting can mail them to:  BLM Ukiah Field Office, 2550 North State St., Ukiah, CA 95482, e-mail them to ukiahrmp@ca.blm.gov, or send them by fax to (707) 468-4027.  To be most helpful, comments should be received no later than March 31, 2007.

"The purpose for these scoping meetings," said BLM Field Manager Rich Burns, "is to begin public participation in our planning efforts.  Our goal is to elicit public input on issues specifically related to recreational activities and opportunities on Cow Mountain."

The new management plan will update existing plans for the North Cow Mountain and South Cow Mountain Recreation Areas, ensuring consistency with the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Act, which was signed into law by President Bush last October.

Part of the act designated Cow Mountain as a congressionally-designated recreation area. The new law specifies that motorized, off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation be a prescribed use in the South Cow Mountain OHV Area, and that the North Cow Mountain area be managed primarily for other, non-motorized recreation.

-BLM-

Ukiah Field Office - 2550 North State St. - Ukiah, CA  95482