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Release Date: 02/26/10
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. CA-N-10-39

BLM Accepting Comments on Proposed Mineral Withdrawal in Sacramento River Area

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on a proposal to prohibit mining on about 700 acres along the Sacramento River between Shasta Dam and Redding.

The land is being returned to BLM jurisdiction by the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR). The BLM is proposing to continue the existing mining prohibition.

Written comments are due to the BLM Redding Field Office, 355 Hemsted Dr., Redding, CA 96002, by May 27, 2010.
The BLM on Feb. 26 published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the proposed “withdrawal from mineral location and entry” to protect unique natural, scenic, cultural and recreational values.
The area was originally transferred to BOR jurisdiction during the construction of Shasta Dam.  In recent years the BLM, under agreements with BOR, has constructed a network of recreation trails, including the Sacramento River Rail Trail that follows an abandoned rail line on the west side of the river.  Trails are on public lands managed by both the BLM and BOR.
The transfer back to the BLM and the proposed mineral withdrawal will have no impact on public access or recreation use.
For more information contact Susie Rodriquez, realty specialist at the BLM Redding Field Office, (530) 224-2142.


Northern California District   355 Hemsted Drive, Redding, CA 96002  

Last updated: 02-26-2010