The BLM to host virtual public scoping meeting for Morongo Highway 62 Communication Site Project
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management will host a virtual public scoping meeting on Thursday, March 17 from 5-7 p.m., on a land use plan amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan for the proposed Morongo Hwy Communication Site. If approved, this project would improve telecommunication and broadband connections for the communities of Morongo and Yucca Valley.
This project supports the Biden-Harris administration’s plan to build modern, sustainable infrastructure and the Department of the Interior’s priority to modernize infrastructure development on public lands.
The applicant, InterConnect Towers LLC, has applied for a right-of-way to develop a communication site with an access road and ancillary facilities on approximately 2.2 acres of public lands near Morongo Valley in southeastern San Bernardino County. The BLM will engage with tribal governments, local communities, state regulators, industry and other federal agencies as it evaluates this project.
The meeting is open to the public and participants must register for the Zoom meeting at: https://bit.ly/3IoLImB. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions, a link to join the meeting, and phone numbers for those unable to join online. Zoom virtual meeting tutorials can be viewed here.
The public may submit written comments on the issues, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures presented in the environmental assessment at the BLM’s ePlanning website: https://go.usa.gov/x6dCB. The BLM will use all substantive public comments received by March 21, 2022, to prepare the analysis, which will be made available for public review on the ePlanning website.
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.
For additional information, please contact BLM project manager Monica Ammann at firstname.lastname@example.org or BLM_CA_PS_MorongoCommunicationSite@blm.gov.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.