REDDING, Calif. – Anyone interested in public lands in Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou, Butte and Tehama counties has an opportunity to share with the Bureau of Land Management their values regarding these lands, in public meetings set for this month in Redding and Weaverville.
These informal meetings will be early opportunities for public involvement as the BLM begins developing the Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan (NCIP).
The meetings, from 4 to 7 p.m., are scheduled for:
- Redding: Monday, April 18, Civic Center Community Room, 777 Cypress Ave.
- Weaverville: Tuesday, April 19, Veterans Memorial Hall, 101 Memorial Dr.
When finalized, the resource management plan will establish management goals and actions to maintain, develop, and protect the resource values of BLM-managed lands within the Arcata and Redding field office jurisdictions in Humboldt, Mendocino, Del Norte, Trinity, Shasta, Siskiyou, Butte and Tehama counties.
"We are asking the public to identify landscape-level values within the planning area," said Molly Brown, Arcata Field Office manager. "Understanding how people use and value their public lands helps us to determine how these public lands should be managed in the future."
The NCIP planning area includes approximately 396,000-acres of BLM-managed public lands. Examples include the Samoa Dunes and Chappie-Shasta off-highway-vehicle recreation areas, the Eel and Trinity rivers, and the Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area.
Throughout the planning process, the BLM will work collaboratively with the public, cooperating agencies, other agencies, and partners to identify the vision for the planning area and key management priorities to be addressed in the plan.
"Public input helps the BLM develop a long-term framework for land use and resource management decisions," said Redding Field Office Manager Jennifer Mata. "The partnerships and common goals created through the planning process are a key part of public land management.