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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 09/24/10
Contacts: David Christy , (916) 941-4136  
News Release No. CC-10-102

BLM Temporarily Restricts Shooting at Kanaka Valley


Based on safety concerns by area residents, the Bureau of Land Management’s Mother Lode Field Office is issuing a temporary restriction order prohibiting the discharge of firearms in Kanaka Valley.

The restriction is in effect while a long-range management plan for the area is developed.

Kanaka Valley, located near Pine Hill Preserve in western El Dorado County, was brought into federal ownership in February 2010 through a cooperative acquisition process with the Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, American River Conservancy and BLM. This 695-acre property links existing public and state lands into a continuous corridor.

“We have been holding a series of public meetings to develop a long-range plan for Kanaka Valley,” said Bill Haigh, BLM Mother Lode Field Office manager. “During those meetings, residents expressed safety concerns about shooting on the public lands. The temporary closure will give us time to address those concerns in the long-range plan.”

The access point to the public lands is located on the narrow county road, Kanaka Valley Road. Neither appropriate visitor resources (signage, fencing, parking, trails etc) nor an activity plan to guide these activities have yet been developed for Kanaka Valley.  There is high potential for visitors and neighbors to Kanaka Valley to be injured by stray bullets or confusion about the locations of property boundaries, public roads, established trails and other public ways, he explained.

An environmental assessment for the temporary restriction order is available on the web at www.blm.gov/ca  – go to NEPA documents under the “get involved” link.

The next public meeting will be Oct. 7 in Rescue for the community-based management plan of the Kanaka Valley. The meetings will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rescue Union School District Board Room, (behind Green Valley Elementary School, 2380 Bass Lake Road, Rescue).

For more information, contact Lauren Fety, BLM biological science technician, at (916) 941-3133, email Kanaka Valley Planning cafokvp@blm.gov or go to the BLM Mother Lode Field Office website.




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Last updated: 09-24-2010