Southern California Access Issues

BLM extends public comment period for West Mojave project

Reprinted from The Daily Independent

The Bureau of Land Management will take public input on the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRMP) and the associated supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement until Jan. 25, 2016.

The Bureau of Land Management will take public input on the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRMP) and the associated supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement until Jan. 25, 2016.

That’s the word from BLM.

The comment period was originally closed in June, but reopened for an additional 120 days in September in response to public requests, according to BLM’s website. This will also allow public consideration of information in the proposed Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Project (DRECP) which relates to the WMRNP.

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Public meeting coming up April 2 regarding Johnson Valley

Resource Management Group Public Meeting with MCAGCC and BLM Representatives

When:  Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm

Where: Lucerne Valley Community Center, 33187 Hwy 247/Old Woman Spring Rd, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356

Town hall style public meeting to communicate the Marine Corps' plan to conduct a large-scale exercise August 1-30, 2016 to include training in the Congressionally-established Shared Use Area. Temporary land closures in Johnson Valley and safety information will be discussed.

West Mojave (WEMO) route network project update

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, I attended the WEMO meeting hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Victorville.  The meeting provided an overview of the project and the coming steps.

Critical dates coming are January 25, 2016 which is the close of the comment period.

Late spring 2016, BLM expects to release the proposed WEMO Plan Amendment and Travel Management Plans with a projected final release in early fall of 2016. The BLM is facing a Court Order to complete the project by November 30, 2016.

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Cal4Wheel files protest on Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

Cal4Wheel has filed a protest of the recently released Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP).

After reviewing the documents, Cal4Wheel believes the DRECP, as modified from previous versions, is regressive and limits public participation in future site-specific/project level analysis opportunities.  Cal4Wheel objects to the “ground disturbance” caps which are applied in an arbitrary manner.  Such specific criteria is not appropriate for a “programmatic” document as they apply limitations that confine future projects in scope.  Cal4Wheel believes the agency has exceeded the guidance for a programmatic document in developing the DRECP. The DRECP does make decisions – both inside and outside the WMRNP project area - to approve or deny specific projects based on the management prescriptions or caps assigned to the various “zones” (e.g. SRMA/ERMA/NLCS/ACEC/Conservation/Ground Disturbance Caps, etc.). That action does imply decisions on land use allocations, allowable uses, and management actions, which are beyond the “programmatic” scope of the document at a programmatic level.

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