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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Bakersfield Field Office
 
Release Date: 09/09/11
Contacts: David Christy (916) 941-3146    
News Release No. CA-CC-11-80

BLM Bakersfield Field Office Takes Public Comments on Draft Management Plan


The Bureau of Land Management today released the Draft Bakersfield Resource Management Plan for public review and comment and will hold a series of public meetings in October.

The Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement covers lands (excluding Carrizo Plain National Monument) managed by BLM’s Bakersfield Field Office, which includes lands in eight counties in central California: Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kings, Tulare, Madera, eastern Fresno and western Kern.

The Draft RMP/EIS establishes goals, objectives and management actions for approximately 404,000 acres of BLM-administered public land and 1.2 million acres of federal mineral estate. It also documents the analysis of the environmental impacts of many land management issues, including, recreation, special status species and energy development.

Copies of the Draft RMP/EIS are available upon request from the Field Manager, Bakersfield Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308 or via the internet at http://www.ca.blm.gov/bakersfield .

The Draft RMP/EIS can also be reviewed at the BLM California State Office at 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W 1834, Sacramento and at the following public libraries: Bakersfield Beale Memorial Library, Fresno County Public Library, Kern River Valley Branch Library, Taft Branch Library, Three Rivers Library, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, Santa Barbara Public Library and Ventura County Library. 

The BLM Bakersfield Field Office will hold meetings to introduce the plan and answer questions beginning on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the field office. Meetings also will be held, all from 6-8 p.m.:

  • Oct. 13, San Luis Obispo, Ludwick Community Center, 864 Santa Rosa St.
  • Oct. 17, Kern River Valley Senior Center, 6409 Lake Isabella Blvd.
  • Oct. 18, Three Rivers Memorial Building, 43490 Sierra Drive.
  • Oct. 19, Taft Chamber of Commerce, 400 West Side Highway.
  • Oct. 20, Prather, Sierra Unified School District, 29143 Auberry Road.

The public is invited to submit comments on the Draft RMP/EIS prior to December 9, 2011, by email to: cacalrmp@blm.gov or by mail to:  Bakersfield RMP, Bureau of Land Management, 3801 Pegasus Dr, Bakersfield, Calif. 93308.

“We look forward to the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the public on how to manage our public lands for years to come,” Bakersfield Field Manager Tim Smith said. “When completed, the RMP will provide broad guidance for management of public lands for the next 20 years.”

Central California is seeing a boom in population growth and energy development.  In addition, it has one of the nation’s greatest concentrations of federally threatened and endangered plant and animal species.  The plan revision will address the competing demands for public lands, such as protection for special status plants and animals, the availability and management of public lands for energy development and livestock grazing, fire management and fuels reduction, recreation management and more.

Additional information is available from the Bakersfield Field Office, (661) 391-6022, or by contacting BLM Public Affairs Officer David Christy at (916) 985-4474.




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Bakersfield Field Office   3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308  

Last updated: 09-09-2011