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Release Date: 07/24/09
Contacts: Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217 ,
News Release No. CA-CDD-09-57

BLM Releases Draft Plan Amendment and Draft EIS for a Proposed Land Exchange in the Santa Ana River Wash

The draft South Coast resource management plan amendment and draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Santa Ana River Wash land exchange has been released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for a 90 day public review.  The document will be available for public comment until October 22, 2009.

The draft plan amendment and draft EIS describe and analyze alternatives for a proposed land exchange with the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District.  The proposed action would affect land designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) and Research Natural Area (RNA) for protection of two plants federally listed as endangered:  Santa Ana River woollystar (Eriastrum densiflorum ssp. Sanctorum) and slender-horned spine flower (Dodecahema leptoceras). 

The proposed land exchange is part of a multi-jurisdictional land management and habitat conservation plan proposed for approximately 4,365 acres within the upper Santa Ana River Wash area located in southwestern San Bernardino County.  The proposed plan provides for the coordination of existing and anticipated future activities within the Santa Ana River area.

Proposed activities include the expansion of two existing sand and gravel mining operations, the continuation of water conservation facilities, the creation of a habitat conservation area, the continuation of a flood management program, the expansion of public roadways, and the continuation/reservation of a trail system.
The notice of intent (NOI) was published in the Federal Register on April 26, 2004.  Public workshops and scoping meetings were held in the cities of Highland and Redlands in May 2004. 

The BLM must receive written comments on the draft EIS by October 22, 2009. The BLM will announce future meetings or any other public involvement activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media news releases, and/or mailings.

Documents pertinent to this proposal are available for public review at the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office located at 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, California, during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. 

You may submit comments by any of the following methods: 1) e-mail:; 2) Fax: (760) 833-7199; 3) mail: Bureau of Land Management, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. 

For further information contact: Michael Bennett at (760) 833-7139, e-mail


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