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South Coast Draft Resource Management Plan Revision
« on: September 23, 2011, 03:04:12 am »
Notice of Availability of South Coast Draft Resource Management
Plan Revision and Draft Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of
1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a
Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) for the South Coast Planning Area (California), and by
this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period.

DATES: To ensure comments will be considered, the BLM must receive
written comments on the Draft RMP/EIS within 90 days following the date
the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of
Availability of the Draft RMP/EIS in the Federal Register. The BLM will
announce future meetings or hearings and any other public involvement
activities at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media
news releases, and/or mailings.

ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments related to the South Coast
Draft RMP/EIS by any of the following methods:
     Web site:
     Fax: (760) 833-7199.
     Mail: Bureau of Land Management, Palm Springs-South Coast
Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262.
    Copies of the South Coast Draft RMP/EIS are available for review at
the Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office and via the Internet at: Electronic (on CD-ROM) or paper
copies may also be obtained by contacting Greg Hill at the address and
phone number below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Greg Hill; Bureau of Land Management,
Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm
Springs, California 92262; (760) 833-7140; 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 South Coast Draft RMP provides guidance
for the management of approximately 300,000 acres of BLM-administered
public lands in portions of five highly urbanized southern California
counties: San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los
Angeles. These public lands include over 130,000 acres of BLM-
administered surface lands and 167,000 acres of Federal mineral
ownership where the surface is privately owned. The Draft RMP/EIS is a
revision to the existing South Coast RMP (1994). Since 1994, there have
been significant changes in the patterns of urban growth; increased
demands on the resources of the public lands; changing policies and
emphasis on the management of public lands and local land use planning;
and new data that have led to the listing of additional threatened or
endangered species. The Notice of Intent to prepare a land use plan
revision and associated EIS was published in the Federal Register on
August 7, 2007 (72 FR 44173). The BLM held public workshops and scoping
meetings in Campo, San Diego, Temecula, and Santa Clarita in December
2007, and invited agencies to participate as cooperating agencies in
the planning effort. The Draft RMP/EIS analyzes four alternatives,
including a No Action alternative, Alternative A, and an agency
Preferred Alternative, Alternative D, designed to address management
challenges and issues raised during scoping, including, but not limited
to Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), sensitive species
and other wildlife habitat, lands with wilderness characteristics,
livestock grazing, recreation, off highway vehicle use, minerals
management, and land use authorizations.

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