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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 02/24/12
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220  
  Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-12-28

BLM Schedules Public Scoping Meetings on Proposed Land Exchange


Two public scoping meeting regarding a proposed land exchange between the Bureau of Land Management and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will be held in Palm Springs next month.

The first meeting is scheduled for March 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Spa Hotel, 100 North Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262.  A second public scoping meeting will be held on March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262. 

The public is asked to identify relevant issues that will determine the scope, including alternatives, of an Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared for the proposed exchange, which would occur within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.  In addition to comments made at the public scoping meetings, written statements identifying relevant issues will be accepted through April 27, 2012.  They should be sent to Field Manager, BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262, or via e-mail to AguaCalienteExchange@blm.gov.

On July 27, 2010, the BLM released an environmental assessment addressing effects of the proposed land exchange for public review and comment.  Based on comments submitted to the BLM and upon further internal review, BLM determined that preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement would best address the potentially significant effects of the proposed exchange.  Public scoping to identify relevant issues is part of the EIS process.

In October 1999, the Tribe and the BLM entered into an agreement to coordinate and cooperate in the management of federal lands within and outside the external boundaries of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation that were within the then proposed national monument.  The Tribe and the BLM agreed to meet annually to identify specific resource management, land tenure adjustments, and joint management goals, including implementation of a memorandum of understanding for acquisition and exchange of lands within the proposed monument.

For more information regarding the proposed land exchange between the BLM and the Tribe, please contact Jim Foote, Monument Manager, at (760) 833-7136.




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