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MORENO VALLEY – The Bureau of Land Management has made available for public review a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and draft Land Use Plan Amendment that aim to manage dispersed recreation visitation over an extensive area in the Mojave Desert.

The draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement evaluates existing routes in the planning area and proposes a comprehensive route network that balances access with the protection of sensitive resources.

Today’s announcement begins a 90-day public comment period.

The draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the West Mojave Route Network Project addresses proposed solutions for adaptive and responsible travel management planning and recreational use- including off-highway vehicle access- within the West Mojave planning area.

A major component of the draft supplemental environmental analysis includes a complete inventory of travel routes within the Western Mojave planning area. Through this inventory, the BLM, in coordination with the public, has developed the most accurate and comprehensive route inventory of the planning area to date, providing a new baseline for BLM management of travel within the planning area.

The draft supplemental environmental analysis also analyzes impacts from livestock grazing and sets parameters for grazing within the planning area.

Mojave Desert. | Photo: BLM.

The BLM invites members of the public to attend open houses from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

* April 17 – Victorville – Hilton Garden Inn, 12603 Mariposa Rd, Victorville, CA 92395

* April 18 – Ridgecrest – Kerr McGee Center, 100 W. California Ave. Ridgecrest, CA 93555

* April 24 – Lone Pine – Statham Hall (Lone Pine Senior Center), 138 N. Jackson St., Lone Pine, CA 93545

* April 25 – Joshua Tree – Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst St, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Public comments may be submitted [by email here]; by fax with Attn: WMRNP Plan Amendment to 951-697-5299; or by mail to Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District, Attn: WMRNP Plan Amendment, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553.

The Draft Land Use Plan Amendment/Draft SEIS [can be viewed here].

Mojave Desert. | Photo: BLM.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 – more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

Mojave Desert. | Photo: BLM.

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  1. This has been our largest National Park, for $$ Spent to retired employees this can never happen. Build a Road, yes, make access to connect areas. Roadside bathrooms. These National Parks have no place to go. This is a hugh bully for our CA people to ignore and decide they need Mohave Desert for RV and ATV Recreational use. What a insult, the people have to have a vote. Not these private meetings. You can’t take away our land like we are Indians, shove us where we won’t be in your way. This needs to go before a peoples VOTE. It is no different than any other major building, except National Parks are protected. Horrific plan, cruel people who want money want to take away our National Parks. Turn them into paying parking spaces in the desert. I do have an option which is attend the meeting and I think I will. Ginger Mac Donald

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