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California Desert District
Release Date: 08/10/10
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220  
  Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-10-90

BLM Solicits Comments on Proposed Land Exchange with Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on a proposed land exchange with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.  The proposed land exchange would occur within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. 

The proposed land exchange implements provisions of a 1999 agreement between the tribe and BLM for coordination and cooperation in the management of federal lands within the monument and a Memorandum of Understanding for acquisition and exchange of lands within the monument. The proposed exchange will facilitate effective and efficient management of the monument by consolidating the land base and reducing the extent of “checkerboard” land ownership.

For the tribe, the exchange will support the resource preservation goals of the Indian Canyons Master Plan and the effective implementation of its Tribal Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan, currently in draft form (Draft THCP), by placing the exchange lands under tribal management.

Comments on an environmental assessment of the proposal are being accepted through Sept. 15, 2010. The EA is available on the Palm Springs Field Office website at, click on BLM-Agua Caliente Land Exchange.  Send comments to John R. Kalish, Field Manager, Bureau of Land Management, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

For more information, contact Diane Gomez, Realty Specialist, at (760) 833-7152. 


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Last updated: 08-10-2010