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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 10/14/09
Contacts: Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217 , srazo@ca.blm.gov
News Release No. CA-CDD-10-02

BLM Extends Rand Mountain Education and Permit Program


The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Ridgecrest Field Office is extending Phase I of the Rand Mountain Management Area (RMMA) Education and Permit Program until October 1, 2010. 

The RMMA permit program was born out of a necessity to address the complex management issues in the Rand Mountain area in regards to critical desert tortoise habitat and avid off-highway vehicle use.  The goal of the program is to increase compliance with rules and regulations pertaining to the sensitive limited use area with a heavy focus on designated route system compliance. 

During the past 12 months, BLM, the Student Conservation Association, Friends of Jawbone, and the California City Police Dept. have combined forces on holiday weekends to conduct permit outreach in and around the Rand Mountain area. Users are introduced to the new permit system, given a short narrative on the purpose and requirements, and then issued a free permit.  

The BLM recently secured funding and staff to develop Phase II of the program.  Phase II, anticipated to take effect in 2010, will require the user to complete an education program and then purchase a permit.  Until Phase II is developed, Phase I will be in effect and the original permits will remain valid.  The Phase I permits can be obtained from the Ridgecrest Field Office staff, at the Jawbone Station, or the California City Police Department. 

Additional information on the permit program is available at:  http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ridgecrest/rand_mountains_management.html or by contacting Carrie Woods: (760)384-5448 or cwoods@blm.gov.  If a violation, such as riding off designated routes in the RMMA is observed, please contact the Ridgecrest Field Office at (760) 384-5400.




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