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Central California District
Release Date: 02/12/14
Contacts: David Christy (916) 941-3146    
News Release No. CC-14-26

BLM Releases Record of Decision for Clear Creek Management Area

The Bureau of Land Management Hollister Field Office has released the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) Resource Management Plan (RMP).
The BLM's notice of availability for the CCMA ROD marks the beginning of a 30-day appeal period for the public to challenge implementation decisions in the document. The temporary closure order for CCMA that was issued on May 1, 2008, will remain in effect until the end of the 30-day appeal period on March 14, 2014.
Under the ROD and approved RMP, highway licensed vehicles are allowed on 32 miles of major roads in the Serpentine ACEC to provide access to key areas of interest for non-motorized recreation. Access into the Serpentine ACEC is authorized by permit only, with vehicle touring limited to five days per year and pedestrian activity limited to 12 days per year.
"This decision marks a starting point that will reopen the management area to public use and begin to evaluate future use through an adaptive management approach" said Rick Cooper, BLM Hollister Field Office manager.
Based on the concerns regarding the health risks of naturally occurring asbestos, criteria were added to the management plan to allow the BLM to reassess land use plan decisions if significant new information on human health risks from exposure to airborne asbestos fibers becomes available.
BLM will continue to work with California State Parks, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to identify opportunities for activity-based studies on asbestos exposure to recreational users in the Serpentine ACEC portion of the CCMA.   BLM will also consult with the BLM Central California Resource Advisory Council to assist with plan implementation and adaptive management.
The CCMA ROD and approved RMP is available for review at the BLM Hollister Field Office, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, CA 95023; and on-line at:
For additional information contact the Hollister Field Office at (831) 630-5000.


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Last updated: 02-12-2014