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Central California District
Release Date: 04/12/10
Contacts: David Christy 916-941-3146    
News Release No. CA-CC-10-60

BLM Approves Carrizo Resource Management Plan

The Bureau of Land Management has released the Carrizo Plain National Monument Approved Resource Management Plan.

California Acting State Director Jim Abbott signed the ROD on Saturday, which constitutes the final decision of the BLM and makes the RMP effective immediately. 

The RMP provides direction and guidance for 206,000 acres of public lands administered by the agency’s Bakersfield Field Office in San Luis Obispo and Kern counties.

Two previous plans have guided activities in the Carrizo Plain. The Caliente RMP was approved in May 1997 and provides general guidance on a landscape level. The Carrizo Plain also has an interagency activity plan signed by The Nature Conservancy and BLM in 1996 and the California Department of Fish and Game in 1999. In 2003, BLM completed public scoping for an RMP with an environmental assessment level of analysis, but a draft document was never issued. This current RMP was initiated in 2007 as a new start to that effort, with an EIS level of analysis.

“The RMP was developed in cooperation with BLM’s Managing Partners - The Nature Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Game - the Monument Advisory Committee and the public,” said Johna Hurl, monument manager. “We look forward to working with them as we implement the RMP to benefit the monument’s many resources.”

Copies of the Carrizo RMP are available at the Bakersfield Field Office, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield and online at

For more information, contact the monument information line at 661-391-6034.


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Last updated: 04-12-2010