News Release

For Release:  Feb. 15, 2008            
Contact:  David Christy, (916) 985-4474

BLM Approves Sierra Resource Management Plan for Central California

The Bureau of Land Management has issued a “Notice of Availability” of the record of decision implementing the Sierra Resource Management Plan. The Sierra RMP provides direction and guidance for more than 230,000 acres of public land located primarily in nine central California counties including Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Tuolumne and Yuba counties.

“The RMP helps define the role of BLM land in meeting the public’s need for open space; safety from wildfire; clean, abundant water for domestic, recreational and agricultural uses; economic opportunities on public lands, protection and interpretation of the area’s rich historical heritage, and diverse, resilient habitats for enjoyment and ecosystem health,” said Bill Haigh, Folsom Field Office manager.

The Sierra RMP covers a wide geographic area, from the Yuba River area near Marysville, to the American River in the Sierra foothills, to the Merced River in Mariposa County, to the Cosumnes River Preserve in the Sacramento Valley. The RMP includes a finding that both the South Fork American River and the North Fork (Main stem) Mokelumne River are suitable for inclusion in the federal Wild and Scenic River system.  However, only Congress can designate wild and scenic rivers.

Decisions identifying designated routes of travel for motorized vehicles are implementation decisions that may be appealed.  These decisions are described in Appendix A of the RMP.  Any party adversely affected by the BLM’s decision(s) to identify, evaluate, define, delineate and/or select specific routes as available for motorized use within designated areas in the RMP may appeal within 30 days of publication of the Notice of Availability.  The appeal should state the specific route(s), as identified in Appendix A of the RMP, on which the decision is being appealed. 

Scoping for the Sierra RMP began in late 2004 and included numerous meetings with the public and other agencies and groups. 

Copies of the Sierra RMP are available at the Folsom Field Office, 63 Natoma St., Folsom, Calif., 95630 and online at

 For further information contact Bill Haigh, Folsom field office manager, (916) 985-4474, Bureau of Land Management, 63 Natoma Street, Folsom, Calif., 95630.  You can also email the Folsom Field Office at