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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 05/09/13
Contacts: David Christy (916) 985-4474    
News Release No. CA-CC-13-51

BLM's Bakersfield Field Office Hosting Planning Workshop for Case Mountain


The Bureau of Land Management's Bakersfield Field Office will host a public workshop on May 29 in Three Rivers to discuss plans for the Case Mountain area. The workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at St Anthony's Retreat, 43816 Sierra Drive.

Case Mountain is next to the community of Three Rivers. The BLM is seeking input regarding management of the area since it may acquire land that would improve and potentially increase public access.

Specifically, the BLM wishes to garner feedback from the local community on any concerns they may have and any opportunities they feel should be explored. This feedback will help guide management direction action for the acquired lands.

"We're asking the public, the community of Three Rivers, to provide their thoughts and feelings on how access to Case Mountain should be managed since BLM may acquire this key property adjacent to public lands," said Gabriel Garcia, acting Bakersfield Field Office manager. "We're looking for input on the types of facilities needed such as parking and trails, and any concerns or reservations the community may have that need to be addressed. Although this potential acquisition would improve public access, a balance needs to be struck with other resource values and uses in the area. We need the public's input to help us find that balance."

The workshop will consist of a short overview of the potential acquisition and current management direction for the Case Mountain area, and a discussion of the management direction proposed for the area in the forthcoming Bakersfield Resource Management Plan.

These presentations will be followed by the opportunity to review area maps and provide input directly to BLM staff. Feedback from the workshop will be used to formulate a proposed action to be implemented if the property is acquired. This proposed action would undergo a National Environmental Policy Act review including public participation opportunities.

For further information on the public workshop, contact Peter De Witt at (661) 391-6120, email: pdewitt@blm.gov, Bakersfield Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield CA 93308.




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Last updated: 05-20-2013