BLM seeks public input to develop Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan
Plan will update management for approximately 382,000 acres of public lands
REDDING, Calif . – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on issues and planning considerations to help guide development of the Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for public lands managed by the Redding and Arcata field offices.
The plan will guide the BLM’s management of approximately 382,000 acres of public land and approximately 307,000 acres of additional subsurface minerals in Del Norte, Siskiyou, Shasta, Humboldt, Mendocino, Trinity, Tehama, and Butte counties for the next 15 to 20 years.
This will replace the resource management plans for the Redding and Arcata field offices put into place in the mid-1990s. The BLM will collaborate with local, state and federal agencies, as well as Tribal partners in developing the new plan. The BLM will use public comments to prepare the environmental analysis and proposed plan, which will be available for public review and comment. Comments must be in writing and will be accepted until Tuesday, June 28.
The planning area includes a great diversity of lands ranging from north coast beaches and dunes to the Central Valley and Sacramento River, to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. These public lands provide a wide array of recreational opportunities, including wilderness trails, hunting areas, off-highway riding areas, mountain bike trails and scenic vistas. A wide range of uses are supported by these lands, including habitat for fish and wildlife, livestock grazing, mining, timber production and firewood collecting.
Public participation in the planning process will help the BLM develop a land use plan that reflects the values and needs of the people living in the region and those who visit.
Comments may be hand delivered or mailed to the BLM Redding Field Office, 6640 Lockheed Drive, Redding, CA, 96002, or emailed to BLM_CA_Redding_Arcata_NCIP@blm.gov. Written comments will also be accepted during public scoping meetings, to be announced.
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.