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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 09/17/12
Contacts: David Christy , 916-941-3146  
News Release No. CC-12-81

BLM Hollister Takes Comments on Resource Management Plan Amendment


The Bureau of Land Management’s Hollister Field Office intends to prepare a Resource Management Plan Amendment and associated Environmental Assessment for the Panoche-Coalinga Area of Critical Environmental Concern.

A 30-day public scoping period runs from today to October 18 to gather public comments and identify issues to be addressed in the RMP Amendment.

“The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the planning process,” said Rick Cooper, Hollister Field Office manager.

Preliminary issues for the plan amendment area have been identified by BLM personnel; federal, state and local agencies; and other stakeholders. The issues include: designation and management of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern and Research Natural Areas; special status species recovery; recreation management; energy development; livestock grazing; fire management; and lands available for disposal or of interest for acquisition.

Federal, state and local agencies, along with tribes and other stakeholders that may be interested in or affected by the proposed RMP amendment, are invited to participate in the scoping process. If eligible, they may request or be asked by the BLM to participate in the development of the environmental analysis as a cooperating agency.

Details for public meetings, including the time and location of public scoping meetings, will be announced through local media and BLM news releases on the BLM’s website.  All public comments must be received prior to the close of the 30-day scoping period or 30 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. 

Written public comments on issues and planning criteria may be submitted by any of the following methods:
 
Mail: Hollister Field Office, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, CA 95023
E-mail:  BLM_CA_Hollister_RMP@blm.gov
Fax: (831) 630-5055
 
For further information and/or to be added to the mailing list, contact Sky Murphy, Hollister Field Office environmental protection specialist, at (831) 630-5039, e-mail: BLM_CA_Hollister_RMP@blm.gov.

The Panoche-Coalinga ACEC stretches across the western San Joaquin Valley, from the Panoche Hills southwards to Coalinga, connecting a vast landscape of ancient desert-like habitats and open space with outstanding scenic and recreational values. These lands, administered by the BLM Hollister Field Office, are known as the “San Joaquin Desert Hills”.

Here, family-owned ranches have continued a cultural legacy of sustainable grazing practices since the 19th century.  The region also contains significant populations of threatened and endangered species, world-class paleontological resources, and important Native American archaeological and cultural sites.  These resources provide BLM with opportunities and challenges that require careful planning in order to preserve this unique landscape for current and future generations.




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Last updated: 09-18-2012