Programs: Planning and NEPA: Plans in Development: California: Northwest California Integrated RMP

Map of a portion of Northwestern California.

Northwest California Integrated RMP

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Northern California District, Arcata Field Office (AFO) and Redding Field Office (RFO), are beginning pre-Notice of Intent (NOI) work starting Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 for the Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan (NCIP).

The NCIP would replace and update current management direction set forth in the Arcata and Redding FOs’ respective RMPs: Arcata Resource Area Resource Management Plan and Record of Decision (1992 Arcata RMP), and the Redding Resource Management Plan and Record of Decision (1993 Redding RMP). The NCIP would satisfy National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements by analyzing the effects of proposed management decisions through development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and single ROD and meet the land use planning requirements of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA).

The Arcata and Redding Field Offices (FOs) recognize that land management planning over larger geographic scales can result in planning, collaboration and management efficiencies and that development of RMPs requires a collaborative approach among federal agencies, Tribes, and state and local governments. By developing a joint RMP, the Arcata and Redding FOs can utilize the opportunity to work across administrative boundaries and move forward as efficiently as possible with RMP revisions by sharing resources, contractors, and inter-office coordination throughout the planning process. Initial planning for the NCIP began in 2016. A NOI to prepare the RMP/EIS was published on November 7, 2016. On April 5, 2019 a Notice of Termination was published in the Federal Register explaining that the termination was due to recent catastrophic wildfires—Carr and Camp fires—which damaged a significant portion of the planning area. The BLM decided to focus resources on post-fire rehabilitation efforts in the planning area.

The notice in the Federal Register explained that the termination was due to recent catastrophic wildfires—Carr and Camp fires—which damaged a significant1 portion of the planning area. The BLM decided to focus resources on post-fire rehabilitation efforts in the planning area. The planning area for the Arcata and Redding FOs cover 14.5 million acres and includes 400,000 surface acres along with 300,000 mineral estate acres. The planning area for the NCIP (Figure 3) includes AFO to the west, RFO to the east, and encompasses BLM-administered land in eight counties in northwestern California except for the four National Conservation Lands (NCL) units with separate RMPs.

1. Planning Assessment Phase

In Progress.

2. Notice of Intent

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Redding and Arcata Field Offices intend to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) known as the Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan with an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This notice announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. The RMP will replace the existing Redding Resource Management Plan (1993) and Arcata Resource Area Resource Management Plan (1992).

Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan for the Redding and Arcata Field Offices and an Associated Environmental Impact Statement (Federal Register)

3. Scoping Phase

Information on Attending the NCIP Virtual Public Outreach Meetings

The BLM has scheduled four (4) virtual public outreach meetings on the Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan (NCIP) during the following times:

Tuesday, April 13, from 11:00am – 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT).

Thursday, April 15, from 4:00pm – 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT).

Monday, April 19, from 9:00am – 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time (PT).

Wednesday, April 21, from 5:00pm – 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT).

These virtual public outreach meetings are intended to give the public an opportunity to learn more about the NCIP and provide verbal input for consideration in the planning process.

The BLM will hold the virtual public outreach meetings via the Zoom online video platform and via teleconference so that participants can attend remotely. For security purposes, registration is required in order to listen and view the meetings via Zoom, listen to the meetings by telephone, or provide verbal input at the public meetings by Zoom or telephone.

*Interested members of the public not familiar with the Zoom platform are encouraged to view the Zoom video tutorials (https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-video-tutorials) prior to the public meetings.

Instructions for Attending the Virtual Public Outreach Meetings:

*If you have technical difficulties registering for the meetings or joining the meetings, please email victoria.arling@empsi.com.

For Participants Joining by Zoom Web Platform or Zoom App:
1. Please pre-register using the link(s) provided below.

Tuesday, April 13th Meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlceysrDIiGN0Zp-JGkhfbZMLt_Xt27Hlp 

Thursday, April 15th Meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvdOqhpzovGtQR4jxKl3MpI2Dxf1yz2SuF 

Monday, April 19th Meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ufuqtrjMpHNH3KHfKyMiL2jTX94Cw_sIF  

Wednesday, April 21st Meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrduqurz0vGdG39RwyNXr9zYGtp0ni0Oiz 

2. After registration, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 

3. On the day of the meeting, please join using the information contained in your confirmation email.

For Participants Joining by Phone:
1. Register for your meeting (see above). On the day of your meeting, call in using one of the toll-free phone numbers listed below. You will be prompted to enter your Meeting ID. Enter your Meeting ID from your confirmation email and press the # key.

·US: +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location)

·International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/amtcMpoWs
 

2. You will then be prompted: “Enter your Participant ID followed by #. Otherwise just press #.” Phone-only participants will not receive an individualized Participant ID, so just press the # key.
 

3. You will be directly joined to the meeting. If the meeting has not started, you will be on hold until the meeting begins.

Reasonable Accommodations

The BLM is committed to providing access to the virtual public meetings for all participants. Closed captioning will be available during the public meetings. Further, full audio and video recordings and transcripts of the public meetings will be posted online after the meetings. Participants will also have access to live audio during the public meetings via their telephone or computer speakers.

Persons with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodations to participate in the meetings should contact the BLM at least 5 business days prior to the date of the meetings to help ensure availability. An accessible version of the BLM’s public hearing presentation will also be posted online at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2012803/510 prior to the meetings.

To request additional reasonable accommodation, please contact Natasha Braziel at 530-224-2100. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339.  

 

4. Preliminary Alternatives

In Progress.

5. Draft RMP Notice of Availability

Not Initiated

Visit the project's BLM NEPA Register page for more information.

6. Proposed RMP Notice of Availability

Not Initiated

Visit the project's BLM NEPA Register page for more information.

7. Record of Decision: Notice of Availability

Not Initiated

Visit the project's BLM NEPA Register page for more information.

FEATURED PLANNING DOCUMENTS

PROJECT CONTACT

Tory Callahan

(707) 825-2315

vslaughter@blm.gov