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The Bureau of Land Management California State Director announced that yesterday he signed the Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan for the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) in central California. BLM manages over eighty percent of the 75,000 CCMA, which has been subject to massive closures to all human access based on alleged health and safety fears over naturally-occurring asbestos found in the CCMA. Yesterday's decision, which concludes a process started in 2009, adopts the "preferred alternative" which would continue the closures that were originally imposed by BLM on a "temporary" basis in 2005. BLM's announcement was published in today's Federal Register, and can be viewed online HERE.
"This is an unfortunate but perhaps anticlimactic step in a 'planning' process that has dragged on for years," said Don Amador, Western Representative of the BlueRibbon Coalition, a group which has long advocated for greater public access to the CCMA. "Despites decades of regular use, there are virtually no cases of death or injury attributable to exposure to the CCMA's chrysotile asbestos, but BLM made it clear long ago that at the CCMA it will close in fear rather than actively manage," Amador noted. "We will continue to pursue our administrative, judicial, and legislative strategies designed to restore balanced management to the CCMA," Amador concluded.
Nominations must be received by March 27, 2014
Reprinted from thecalifornian.com, February 11, 2014
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for open positions on its 29 Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), which advise the BLM on public land issues, including the Central California RAC. The BLM will consider nominations for 45 days.
The Central California RAC advises BLM officials for the Hollister, Mother Lode, Bakersfield, Ukiah and Bishop field offices.