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« on: August 28, 2012, 04:48:04 am »

Notice of Availability of the Proposed Bakersfield Resource
Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, California

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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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 the Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Final
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Bakersfield Field Office,
California, and by this notice is announcing its availability.

DATES: BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the
conditions as described in the regulations may protest the Proposed
RMP/Final EIS. A person who meets the conditions must file the protest
within 30 days of the date that the Environmental Protection Agency
publishes its Notice of Availability of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS in
the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the Bakersfield Proposed RMP/Final EIS have been
sent to affected Federal, State, and local agencies, Native American
tribes, and to other interested parties. Copies of the Proposed RMP/
Final EIS are available for public inspection at the Bakersfield Field
Office (3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, California 93308) and
California State Office (2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California
95825). Interested persons may also review the Proposed RMP/Final EIS
on the Internet at: www.blm.gov/ca/bakersfield. All protests must be in
writing and mailed to one of the following addresses:

Regular Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, P.O. Box
71383, Washington, DC 20024-1383.
Overnight Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Brenda Williams, 20 M
Street SE., Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003-3503.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sue Porter, Planning & Environmental
Coordinator, Bakersfield Field Office, telephone: 661-391-6022;
address: Bakersfield Field Office, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield,
California 93308; email: cacalrmp@blm.gov. 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 Proposed RMP/Final EIS addresses public
land and resources managed by the Bakersfield Field Office in an eight-
county, 17-million-acre region of central California in Kings, San Luis
Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, Ventura, Madera, eastern Fresno, and
western Kern counties. Upon approval, this land use plan will replace
the 1997 Caliente RMP and the 1984 Hollister RMP, as amended, and
provide updated management decisions regarding recreation,
transportation and access, renewable and traditional energy
development, mineral resources, land use authorizations, livestock
grazing, biological resources, special designations, lands with
wilderness characteristics, and other resource uses and considerations
on approximately 404,000 acres of public land and 1.2 million acres of
Federal mineral estate. The Approved RMP will apply only to the BLM-
administered public lands and Federal mineral estate in the planning
area.
    The Proposed RMP/Final EIS analyzes five management alternatives:
     The No Action alternative (Alternative A) would continue
current management under the existing 1997 Caliente RMP and 1984
Hollister RMP, as amended.
     The Proposed Plan (Alternative B) strives to balance
resource conservation and ecosystem health with the production of
commodities and public use of the land.

     Alternative C emphasizes conserving cultural and natural
resources, maintaining functioning natural systems, and restoring
natural systems that are degraded.
     Alternative D follows Alternative C in all aspects except
with regard to livestock grazing. Alternative D would eliminate
livestock grazing from BLM managed lands in the planning area for the
life of this land use plan.
     Alternative E emphasizes the production of natural
resources and commodities while emphasizing public use opportunities.

To read the full notice...  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-28/html/2012-21154.htm
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