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California Desert District
Release Date: 04/11/14
Contacts: Stephen Razo, (951) 697-5217 or:    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-32

BLM Seeking Comments on Proposed Closure of Shooting Area in San Diego County

The Bureau of Land Management El Centro Field Office is seeking public comment on a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Assessment and an Associated Land Use Plan Amendment to Close the Airport Mesa Target Shooting Area in eastern San Diego County, California.

The Airport Mesa area has been under a temporary closure order for target shooting since 2009, due to safety concerns raised by U.S. Border Patrol agents working within close proximity to the recreational shooting area. The U.S. Border Patrol has identified Airport Mesa as a critical location for their efforts to monitor and patrol the U.S. – Mexico border and has requested that the area be closed for target shooting to protect agents who are potentially in the line of fire or in danger of ricocheting bullets.

The NOI was published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2014 to begin the formal scoping process. The BLM is seeking ideas and information from the public to be included in the analysis of the impacts of the closure of the Airport Mesa recreation shooting area.

Written comments should be sent by May 12, 2014 to: Bureau of Land Management, El Centro Field Office, 1661 S. 4th Street, El Centro, CA 92243, attention Nicollee Gaddis or by email to Ms. Gaddis at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 04-11-2014