Southern California Access Issues

BLM releases draft plan to designate OHV routes in West Mojave Area

Public meetings next week

BLM has released a Draft Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP), providing guidance and management direction for over three million acres of public lands in San Bernardino, Inyo, Kern, Riverside and Los Angeles counties in California.

The preferred alternative of the WMRNP SEIS includes a larger OHV trail network than the network approved under the 2006 WEMO Plan, but also proposes to close approximately 2,000 more miles of additional routes. The preferred alternative would designate 10,428 miles (currently 5,338 miles) of motorized routes as open and would designate 4,404 miles of routes as closed (currently 2,400 miles). The number of miles closed and open would change because BLM has additionally reviewed 7,214 miles that currently have no route-specific designation, but are presumed closed.

The WMRNP SEIS will form the framework for route designation in the West Mojave area, consistent with the rest of the West Mojave Plan.  The West Mojave Plan is a federal land use plan amendment adopted in 2006, that as stated by BLM: (1) presents a comprehensive strategy to conserve and protect the desert tortoise, the Mohave ground squirrel and over 100 other sensitive plants and animals and the natural communities of which they are a part, and (2) provides a streamlined program for complying with the requirements of the California and Federal Endangered Species Acts.

Public Comments
Comments on the WMRNP SEIS must be received by June 4, 2015. It is important that OHV enthusiasts get involved in the planning process by contacting BLM staff. Submit public comments by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to: BLM California Desert District, Attn: WMRNP Plan Amendment, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553.

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BLM announces intent to prepare environmental review for Ocotillo Wells SVRA

Public meetings March 18 and 21

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to conduct an environmental review for the Ocotillo Wells Recreation Area in Imperial County.

The BLM will prepare an environmental impact statement to analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of resource and recreation management at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) and a proposed amendment to the BLM California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan. The California State Parks, who manage the SVRA through a Memorandum of Understanding, will jointly prepare an environmental impact report for their General Plan update.

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