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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 11/13/09
Contacts: David Christy , 916-941-3146  
News Release No. CA-CC-10-07

Carrizo National Monument Proposed Resource Management Plan Published


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the proposed resource management plan and final environmental impact statement for the Carrizo Plain National Monument in eastern San Luis Obispo and western Kern counties.

The monument was designated by proclamation in 2001 in recognition of its ecological importance as the largest undeveloped remnant of the vast grasslands that once covered central California.  It is dramatically bisected by the San Andreas fault and provides habitat for many native plant and animal species.

The proposed plan "balances public access with protection of the monument's special resources," according to Johna Hurl, monument manager.  The monument, which covers 206,000 acres of public lands administered by the BLM's Bakersfield Field Office, is managed in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Game and The Nature Conservancy, which both own land within the monument.

A draft plan was published in January 2009 for public review and public meetings held throughout the region. “We made a number changes from the draft RMP in response to public comments,” Hurl said, such as expanding the area proposed to be managed for wilderness characteristics, clarifying language regarding grazing and mineral interests, and allowing only street-legal vehicles on designated routes.

A 30-day public protest period begins today with the notice of availability published in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  During this period, ending December 14, 2009, any person who participated in the planning process and believes they may be adversely affected by approval of the plan may submit a protest.  A final decision on the RMP will not be issued until protests are resolved.  Procedures for filing protests are available at www.blm.gov/ca/bakersfield.

Copies of the document are available at the Bakersfield Field Office, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield and online at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/bakersfield.html   For more information, contact the monument information line at 661-391-6034.




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Last updated: 11-20-2009