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Release Date: 12/04/12
Contacts: Charlie Wright , 530-224-2100  
  Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332  
News Release No. CA-N-13-24

Environmental Assessment on Butte County Land Action Available for Review

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on issues that should be considered in the proposed transfer of interests in a five-acre parcel of public land in Butte County.

The BLM  Redding Field Office will be preparing an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing impacts of a proposed amendment to the Redding Field Office Resource Management Plan (RMP), to allow transfer of interest from the federal government to the Forbestown Masonic Lodge.  Public comments will be used in drafting the EA.

Details on the proposal are available in a notice of intent, published in the Federal Register, and available online at at .

Written comments should be provided by Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, to the Bureau of Land Management, 355 Hemsted Dr., Redding, CA, 96002, or by email to

The lodge originally purchased the five acres of public land near Forbestown in in 1971 under the authority of the Recreation and Public Purpose (R&PP) Act for a lodge, playground and parking area. The sale included a provision, called a reversionary interest, directing that title would revert to the federal government if the lands were used for other purposes or without BLM approval.

The lodge now wishes to purchase the reversionary interest so it can use the land for additional purposes and transfer the land to a lodge-associated non-profit corporation.

Because sale of this land was not addressed in the Redding RMP, the plan must be amended to allow sale of reversionary interest. The EA will analyze issues associated with this sale.

More information is available from Ilene Emry, realty specialist, BLM Redding Field Office, (530) 224-2122.


Northern California District   355 Hemsted Dr.      Redding, CA 96002  

Last updated: 12-06-2012