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Draft Bakersfield Resource Management Plan and Draft EIS CA
« on: September 09, 2011, 05:37:30 am »
SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act
of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has
prepared a Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) for the Bakersfield Field Office (FO) planning
area and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment

DATES: To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive
written comments on the Draft RMP/Draft EIS within 90 days following
the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes this notice of
availability in the Federal Register. The BLM will announce future
meetings or hearings and any other public participation activities at
least 15 days in advance through public notices,

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media releases, the BLM Web page and/or mailings.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Bakersfield Resource
Management Plan, including potential designation of areas of critical
environmental concern (ACEC), by any of the following methods:
     Fax: (661) 391-6143, Attention: Bakersfield RMP.
     Mail: Bakersfield RMP, BLM Bakersfield Field Office, 3801
Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, California 93308.
    Copies of the Bakersfield Draft RMP/Draft EIS are available in the
Bakersfield FO at the above address; the California State Office at
2800 Cottage Way, Suite W 1834, Sacramento, CA 95825; and at the BLM's
Web site

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Sue
Porter, Bakersfield Planning & Environmental Coordinator, telephone:
(661) 391-6000 or the Bakersfield FO RMP line at (661) 391-6022;
address: Bakersfield Field Office, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield,
California 93308; e-mail: Persons who use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above
individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above
individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Draft RMP/Draft EIS addresses public
land and resources managed by the Bakersfield FO in an 8 county, 17
million acre region of central California in Kings, San Luis Obispo,
Santa Barbara, Tulare, Ventura, Madera, eastern Fresno, and western
Kern counties. The Bakersfield RMP will replace the 1997 Caliente RMP
and the 1984 Hollister RMP, as amended, for the management of
approximately 404,000 acres of public land and 1.2 million acres of
Federal mineral estate. The Bakersfield RMP does not address management
of the California Coastal National Monument or the Carrizo Plain
National Monument. Planning decisions in the RMP will apply only to the
BLM-administered public lands and mineral estate in the planning area.
    The purpose of the Bakersfield RMP is to establish goals,
objectives, and management actions for BLM public lands that address
current issues, knowledge, and conditions. The Draft RMP/Draft EIS has
been developed with broad public participation in accordance with FLPMA
and NEPA. Preliminary planning issues were presented for public review
and comment in the March 2008 Federal Register Notice of Intent (NOI);
additional public comments were solicited through scoping letters,
meetings, and the RMP Web site. Six planning issues were identified
through the scoping process: (1) Access and availability of public
lands for recreational and open spaces; (2) balance between the travel
network and protection of natural and cultural resources; (3)
protection of threatened and endangered species, critical habitat,
other biological resources, cultural and paleontological resources in a
multiple-use environment; (4) livestock grazing management to provide
for economic benefit, rural lifestyles and vegetation management while
protecting other resources; (5) balance between energy development and
other land use authorizations with resource values; and (6) climate

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