U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Release: March 2, 2007
BLM Resumes Planning Process for Carrizo Plain
The Bureau of Land Management has announced it will begin a public process to develop a plan for the Carrizo Plain National Monument.
“With the recent re-appointment of the Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee, BLM is resuming work with the public on a draft resource management plan to guide the monument's future,” said Patty Gradek, acting manager of BLM’s Bakersfield Field Office.
BLM has decided to prepare an environmental impact statement rather than an environmental assessment to support the plan, based on public requests and BLM’s interest in expanding public involvement in the planning process. A Notice of Intent to resume planning work was published in today’s Federal Register at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html.
In cooperation with the committee, the BLM and its managing partners, The Nature Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Game, will conduct public scoping meetings later this fall to gather input on issues to be addressed in the draft RMP and EIS, expected to be ready for public review and comment sometime in 2007.
Specific dates and locations of public meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local news media and on BLM’s web site, www.ca.blm.gov.
The Carrizo Plain, the largest undeveloped remnant of the once vast San Joaquin Valley ecosystem, was designated a national monument in 2001 in recognition of its special resource values, including threatened and endangered species such as the San Joaquin kit fox, giant kangaroo rat, and blunt-nosed leopard lizard. It also contains nationally significant geological features, such as one of the best exposed examples of the 10-million year old San Andreas Fault, as well as one of the most significant cultural sites in California at Painted Rock. In the spring, the Plain exhibits a lavish wildflower display of native plants such as goldfields, purple owls, lupine, and the rare California jewel flower.
For further information, contact Acting Monument Manager Johna Hurl, Carrizo Plain National Monument, Bakersfield Field Office, 3801 Pegasus Dr., Bakersfield, Calif., 93308 or telephone (661) 391-6000.
Bakersfield Field Office, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308