Notice of Final Supplementary Rules for Public Lands Managed by
the Ukiah Field Office in Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino, Glenn, Colusa, Napa,
Marin, Yolo and Solano Counties, CA
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
ACTION: Final supplementary rules.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Ukiah
Field Office Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP), the Bureau of
Land Management (BLM) is establishing final supplementary rules. The
Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) identified and thoroughly
analyzed the effects of land use limitations and restrictions, and
specified that supplementary rules would be required for resource
protection and visitor safety. Upon publication, these final
supplementary rules will supersede the interim final supplementary
rules that apply to public lands within the Ukiah Field Office's
jurisdiction. The BLM has determined that these final supplementary
rules are necessary to enhance visitor safety, protect natural
resources, improve recreation opportunities, and protect public health.
These rules do not impose or implement any land use limitations and
restrictions other than those included within the Ukiah RMP.DATES: The final supplementary rules are effective February 13, 2013.
ADDRESSES: Bureau of Land Management, Ukiah Field Office, 2550 North
State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482. The final supplementary rules are
available for inspection at the Ukiah Field Office and on the Ukiah
Field Office Web page (http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ukiah.html
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonna Hildenbrand, Bureau of Land
Management, Ukiah Field Office, 2550 North State Street, Ukiah,
California 95482, 707-468-4024, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
.To read the entire notice .... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-13/html/2013-03282.htm
Section 2. Rules of Conduct
The following rules apply year round to all BLM lands managed by
the Ukiah Field office and persons unless explicitly stated otherwise
in a particular rule. Specific rules for individual management areas
are identified in subparts b, c and d. Additionally, the following
persons are exempt from these supplementary rules: Federal, State, or
local officers or employees acting within the scope of their official
duties; members of any organized rescue or firefighting force in
performance of an official duty; and any person whose activities are
authorized in writing by the BLM Authorized Officer.
a. The following rules apply to all public lands within the Ukiah
Field Office jurisdiction.
1. All lands managed by the Ukiah Field Office, with the exception
of wilderness study areas, are designated as limited to designated
routes for motorized and off-highway vehicle use (43 CFR 8340.0-5(g)).
2. All routes are closed to motorized vehicles unless designated as
open within the Resource Management Plan.
3. The use or possession of fireworks is prohibited.
4. Hunting is allowed except where specifically prohibited.
5. Management areas and ROS zones within the management areas will
be delineated on maps provided to the public.
b. The following rules apply to all designated Scattered Tracts
Management Areas within the jurisdiction of the Ukiah Field Office.
Scattered tracts are BLM lands that are covered by the Resource
Management Plan but are not contiguous to any other management area.
These tracts are mostly small parcels of public land surrounded by
private property making them inaccessible to the public. Scattered
tracts total approximately 47,000 acres and are found in every county
containing public lands within the Ukiah Field Office jurisdiction. The
use of weapons is prohibited except when hunting.
c. The following rules apply to all designated Areas of Critical
Environmental Concern (ACEC) and Research Areas within the jurisdiction
of the Ukiah Field Office.
It is prohibited to deface, remove, or destroy plants or their
parts, soil, rocks, minerals, or cave resources within the following
areas: Lost Valley--40 acres (Cow Mountain Management Area, Mendocino
County); Knoxville--5,236 acres (Knoxville Management Area, Lake
County); Walker Ridge--3,685 acres (Indian Valley Management Area, Lake
and Colusa Counties); Indian Valley Brodiaea--100 acres (Indian Valley
Management Area, Lake County); Cache Creek--11,228 acres (Cache Creek
Management Area, Lake, Colusa, and Yolo counties); Northern California
Chaparral Research Area--11,206 acres (Cache Creek Management Area,
Lake County); Cedar Roughs Research Natural Area--6,350 acres
(Scattered Tracts Management Area, Napa County); Stornetta--887 acres
(Stornetta Management Area, Mendocino County); Black Forest--247 acres
(Scattered Tracts Management Area, Lake County); and The Cedars of
Sonoma County--1,500 acres (Scattered Tracts Management Area, Sonoma
d. The following rules apply to Cache Creek, Cow Mountain,
Knoxville, Geysers, Indian Valley, and Stornetta Management Areas and
The Black Forest and The Cedars of Sonoma County within the
jurisdiction of the Ukiah Field Office.Cache Creek Management Area
Cache Creek encompasses approximately 73,000 acres of public
land. It includes the Cache Creek Natural Area, Cache Creek ACEC and
the Cache Creek Wilderness Area. Cowboy Camp is a developed recreation
site there with a day use area, an overnight parking area, and a group
camp site. High Bridge is a developed recreation site there with a day
use area and overnight parking area.
1. Use of weapons is prohibited except when hunting.
2. Defacing, removing, or destroying plants or their parts, soil,
rocks, minerals, or cave resources are prohibited.
3. Motorized and Street Legal Vehicles and horses are allowed in
the Cowboy Camp group camp site from the third Saturday in April
through the third Saturday in November.
4. Camping is limited to the group camp site within the cowboy camp
developed recreation site.
5. High Bridge and Cowboy Camp developed recreation sites are open
for day use only from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour
after sunset except for long-term parking for overnight backcountry
visitors.Cow Mountain Management Area
Cow Mountain is comprised of approximately 51,000 acres of public
lands and is divided into North and South Cow Mountain. The use of
weapons is limited to designated shooting areas except when hunting.
South Cow Mountain OHV (Portion) of Cow Mountain Management Area
1. Operating a motorized vehicle is prohibited within South Cow
Mountain OHV unit during wet weather closures (resulting from
accumulated precipitation) or administrative closures.
2. Wet Weather Closure--When total annual (beginning and measured
as of October 1st of each year) precipitation exceeds 4 inches, at
least one-half inch of precipitation has fallen in 24 hours or 1 inch
in 72 hours, and the authorized officer has determined that motorized
vehicles will cause considerable adverse effects upon the soil,
vegetation, wildlife, and other resources, the authorized officer,
pursuant to 43 CFR 8341.2, will implement a temporary closure of all
existing roads, existing trails and public lands within the management
area to all motorized vehicles for a minimum of 3 days. Once the area
has been closed, a field inspection will be completed prior to
reopening and daily thereafter to determine suitability of road and
trail conditions. When field observations show that motorized vehicle
use can occur without causing considerable adverse effects as described
in 43 CFR 8341.2, the temporary closure will be terminated. Exceptions
to this temporary closure will only be allowed for valid existing
rights (private landowners, landowners' representatives, lessees, and/
or authorized parties) who need access to their property. Landowners,
landowners' representatives, lessees, and/or authorized parties will
only be able to access their property via the most direct route and are
not allowed to use a motorized vehicle on any other part of the South
Cow Mountain OHV Area. This policy is subject to modification due to
changing resource conditions which may include immediate closure due to
adverse effects (43 CFR 8341.2).North Cow Mountain (Portion) of Cow Mountain Management Area
1. The Mendo-Rock Road, Water Tank Spur, Willow Creek Road, Rifle
Range Road, Radio Tower Road, Rifle Range Maintenance Spur, and
Mayacmas Campground Road are open year round and limited to street
legal vehicles only.
2. Roads open during general (rifle) deer season and limited to
street legal vehicles only are Firebreak 1, McClure Creek
Ridge Spur, McClure Creek Spur, Sulphur Creek Spur, and Sulphur Creek
3. All other roads are closed year round to street legal, off-
highway and motorized vehicles.
Knoxville Management Area
The Knoxville area contains approximately 24,000 acres of public
1. Use of weapons is prohibited except when hunting.
2. Adams Ridge Road is open to street legal vehicles during general
(rifle) deer season.
Geysers Management Area
The Geysers Management Area encompasses about 7,100 acres of public
Shooting is allowed in ROS zone Middlecountry.
Indian Valley Management Area
Shooting is allowed in ROS zones Middlecountry and Frontcountry.
Black Forest/The Cedars of Sonoma County Lands
Black Forest includes 247 acres of public lands on Mount Konocti
just south of Soda Bay on Clear Lake. The Cedars of Sonoma County
includes 1,500 acres of public lands
and is located 2 miles northeast of the Austin Creek State Recreation
1. Motorized and off-highway vehicle use is prohibited.
2. Climbing on the cliffs is prohibited.
3. Use of weapons is prohibited except when hunting.Stornetta Management Area
The 1,132-acre Stornetta Management Area is located along the
Mendocino County coastline just north of the town of Point Arena.
1. Use of weapons is prohibited.
2. Hunting is prohibited.
3. Hang gliding or paragliding is prohibited.
4. Camping is prohibited.
5. The area is open for day use only from one-half hour before
sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
6. Use of motorized vehicles is prohibited.
7. Beach access is permitted only at the designated access trails
marked by signs. These locations are mile marker 1.4 and 2.3 from the
Highway 1 and Lighthouse Road intersection.
8. Climbing on cliffs and in or around sink holes is prohibited.
9. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet or otherwise
physically restricted at all times.
10. Open fires are prohibited.
11. Cutting or collecting firewood is prohibited.
12. Feeding or harassing wildlife is prohibited.
13. Physical removal of any resources including, but not limited
to, vegetation, animals, driftwood, and shells, is prohibited.
Section 3. Penalties
Any person who violates any of these supplementary rules may be
tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $1,000
or imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. 43 U.S.C. 1733(a);
43 CFR 8360.0-7. Such violations may also be subject to the enhanced
fines provided for by 18 U.S.C. 3571.
James G. Kenna,
California State Director.
[FR Doc. 2013-03282 Filed 2-12-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-40-P