CALIFORNIA – BLM Releases Final Environmental Analysis for The West Mojave Route Network Project

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment for the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP). The Final SEIS and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment is available electronically on the BLM ePlanning project website at https://go.usa.gov/​xE6YH.

The route network accesses approximately 3.1 million acres of BLM-managed public lands in the western portion of the Mojave Desert, including parts of San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Riverside, Kern, and Inyo counties. The entire planning area covers 9.4 million acres of the California Desert Conservation Area, which includes lands managed by federal, private and military entities. The BLM prepared the WMRNP Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and Final Supplemental EIS to comply with a U.S. District Court Order.

The announcement in the Federal Register on the motorized route network designation and implementation strategy opens a 30-day protest period, which will run through May 28, 2019.

All protests must be in writing and mailed to the appropriate address or submitted electronically through the BLM ePlanning project website https://go.usa.gov/​xE6YH. If submitting a protest in hard copy, it must be mailed to BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, WO-210, P.O. Box 71383, Washington, D.C. 20024-1383; or by overnight Delivery to: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, WO-210, 20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, D.C. 20003.

Before including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, or other personal identifying information in a comment, be aware that the entire comment-including personal identifying information-may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may ask the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext. 2