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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 08/28/12
Contacts: David Christy , (916) 941-3146  
News Release No. CC-12-75

BLM Announces Availability of Proposed Bakersfield Resource Management Plan


The Bureau of Land Management today released the Proposed Bakersfield Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement.

The document is now available for download. The protest period will begin with the publication of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, which is expected on August 31, and will last for 30 days.

The Proposed RMP has been prepared to provide broad-scale direction for the management of approximately 404,000 acres of public lands and 1.2 million acres of mineral estate in Central California administered by the Bakersfield Field Office. 

The Proposed RMP/Final EIS evaluates a range of management options for public lands and federal mineral estate in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kings, Tulare, Madera, eastern Fresno and western Kern counties.  The RMP will replace the 1997 Caliente RMP and the 1984 Hollister RMP and is needed to provide updated management direction regarding recreation, transportation and access, renewable and traditional energy development, mineral resources, land use authorizations, livestock grazing, biological resources, special designations and other resource uses on these public lands.

The Proposed RMP/Final EIS analyzes the anticipated impacts of the Proposed Plan and four other alternatives. It also contains a summary of the comments received during the public review period for the Draft RMP/Draft EIS and responses to the comments.  

“We developed the proposed plan through coordination with our communities and stakeholders,” Bakersfield Field Manager Tim Smith said.  “I believe it represents the best combination of management decisions to both sustain the valuable resources the BLM is entrusted to manage and meet the needs of our community of stakeholders for the next 20 years.” 

Copies of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS are available upon request from the Field Manager, Bakersfield Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308; BLM California State Office at 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W 1834, Sacramento, CA 95825; or via the internet at http://www.ca.blm.gov/bakersfield.

BLM planning regulations provide for a formal protest of planning decisions contained in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS by those meeting certain criteria.  Protests must be filed within 30 days of today, the date the notice of availability of the final document published in the Federal Register, as outlined in 43 Code of Federal Regulations Section 1610.5-2. 

Upon resolution of all planning decision protests, the BLM will issue an Approved Bakersfield RMP and Record of Decision.  Once the RMP is approved, the Bakersfield Field Office will begin its implementation.

For further information, please contact Sue Porter, RMP team leader, at the address above or at (661) 391-6022.




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Last updated: 08-28-2012