The Bureau of Land Management welcomes public input on Cottonwood Creek Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plan


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Ridgecrest Field Office

Media Contact:

Michelle Van Der Linden
Rushing creek in a riparian forest. Photo by Clinton Helms, BLM.

Ridgecrest, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ridgecrest Field Office, in partnership with the Inyo National Forest, is seeking public comments on a Comprehensive River Management Plan for the Cottonwood Wild and Scenic River in Inyo County.

The public is invited to submit comments on the draft plan, which includes a resource assessment identifying the “outstandingly remarkable” river values and the user capacity analysis informing proposed planning activities. The project includes plans for approximately 21.5 miles of Cottonwood Creek, of which 17.4 miles are managed by the Inyo National Forest and 4.1 miles are managed by the BLM. The draft plan includes goals for protecting and enhancing the outstandingly remarkable river values, as well as management strategies and potential projects to address key issues and achieve the purpose of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Readers can access the draft plan and submit comments by visiting the BLM e-Planning site, which links to the Inyo National Forest’s website. The deadline to submit comments is July 23, 2021. Substantive written comments must be within the scope of the proposed action, have a direct relationship to the proposed action, and include supporting reasons for project consideration. 

For additional information, please contact the BLM Project Manager, Thomas Bickauskas at   

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.