The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Desert District, announced its intent to prepare an environmental document to analyze a proposed plan amendment and alternatives covering the management of motorized vehicles on public lands in the West Mojave (WEMO) area.

This marks the the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments on:

(1) issues related to plan decisions which will guide the management of motorized vehicle access in the WEMO plan area;
(2) process and decision criteria to be used during plan implementation to designate routes;
(3) issues and concerns within each subregion;
(4) additional issues cited by the January 28, 2011 Court Order including special status species, vegetation communities (including unique plant assemblages), special area designations, air quality, cultural resources, soils, springs and seeps and Mojave fringe-toed lizard habitat; and
(5) the “bundling of analysis areas” for route designation.

The January 28, 2011, Order-Remedy directed the BLM to reconsider route designations for the WEMO area by March 31, 2014. Click here for an earlier article by Friends of Jawbone regarding the decision.

Two BLM public scoping meetings will be held: one in Ridgecrest and one in Barstow. Details on the public scoping meetings are provided below. Any additional public meetings will be announced through the local news media, newspapers, mailings, and at the BLM web page: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd.html at least 15 days prior to the event.

September 27, 2011: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kerr McGee Center
100 W. California Ave.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
(760) 499-5151

September 29, 2011: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Hampton Inn
2710 Lenwood Road
Barstow, California 92311
(760) 253-2600

The public may submit comments on issues and planning criteria related to the WEMO EA for the Motorized Vehicle Access Element, by any of the following methods:
1) Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2) Fax: (951) 697-5299
3) Mail: ATTN: Alan Stein, BLM California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553-9046

Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the California Desert District Office, address above, or the BLM’s California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. For further information contact: Alan Stein, (951) 697-5382.

For more details on the BLM's WEMO Plan Amendment activity please visit the BLM's webpage:
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd/west_mojave__wemo.html