News Release

For Release:   March 4, 2008      
Contact:  David Christy (916) 985-4474

BLM Bakersfield Field Office Announces New Planning Effort

The Bureau of Land Management announced today their intent to revise the Caliente Resource Management Plan and complete an environmental impact statement.

The current Caliente Resource Management Plan guides the management of about 600,000 acres of public lands administered by the agency’s Bakersfield Field Office. Public lands in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kern, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Kings and Santa Barbara counties will be covered by this plan revision.

The BLM will hold scoping meetings to gather comments on issues that should be addressed in the RMP and accompanying EIS. Meetings will be held in or near:  Bakersfield, Fresno, Lake Isabella, San Luis Obispo, Taft, and Three Rivers.  Information on specific meeting times and locations will be published in local newspapers and will be available on-line at:

Comments also may be submitted prior to May 5, either by sending them by e-mail to:, or by sending a letter to:  Caliente RMP, Bureau of Land Management, 3801 Pegasus Dr, Bakersfield, Calif. 93308.

“We look forward to the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the public on how to manage our public lands for years to come,” Bakersfield Field Manager Tim Smith said. “When completed, the RMP will provide broad guidance for management of public lands for the next 20 years.”

Central California is seeing a boom in population growth and energy development.  In addition, it has one of the nation’s greatest concentrations of federally threatened and endangered plant and animal species.  The plan revision will address the competing demands for public lands, such as protection for special status plants and animals, the availability and management of public lands for oil & gas and livestock grazing, fire management and fuels reduction, recreation management, and more.

Additional information is available from the Bakersfield Field Office, (661) 391-6022, or by contacting BLM Public Affairs Officer David Christy at (916) 985-4474.