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John Stewart

From the Landuse Frontlines (Dec 2019)

BLM - On its current trajectory, the BLM headquarters in Washington, D.C. will be liquidated, decentralized, and relocated by the end of March in 2020.

This move is part of a broader plan announced by the Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in July, that affects the majority of the nearly 250 million acres managed by the Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This plan has sparked controversy in the form of threats and proposed legislation limiting or reducing funding to impede the relocation of BLM’s headquarters.

For clarity, it is important to understand the scope of lands administered by the BLM. These are public lands managed by the federal government that are not otherwise set aside for a specific purpose, such as a National Park, Wildlife Refuge, military reservations, or National Forests. The BLM manages and controls about 12% of the total landmass in the United States, or an area slightly less than the size of Texas. The quality and use of these lands varies widely, ranging from national monuments and conservation areas to recreation lands; from wild, open spaces to forests and mountains; from rangelands to Arctic tundra; from wetlands and river valleys, to desert landscapes, to areas with vast and abundant mineral resources.

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From the Landuse Frontlines...

NRC South August 2019 Report

Forest Service - Comment period has closed on the USFS request for comments on the proposed NEPA rule change update the analysis and documentation of Categorical Exclusions.  This is a small, but important, point within the National Environmental Policy Act.  NEPA requires agencies to disclose and analyze the potential impacts their management decisions will have con the natural environment.  This has lead to overly cautious administrative process that subjects a majority of management decision to an Environmental Assessment or a more complex Environmental Impact Statement.

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From the Landuse Frontlines...

NRC South Report - June 2019

Sierra National Forest - The Sierra NF recently requested comments on travel management issues.  I have submitted comments on behalf of Cal4Wheel. The focus of my comments is that this effort is proceeding without the release of the Forest Plan Revision which may influence the outcome.

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John Stewart

Mojave Trails and Planning 2.0

By definition, a national monument preserves the unique natural, historic or cultural heritage of public lands.  National monuments are created by Congressional legislative action or by Presidential Proclamation using the Antiquities Act of 1906.

The Mojave Trails National Monument was created by Presidential Proclamation, joining a list of 15 other monuments in the state of California.  Spanning 1.6 million acres, more than 350,000 acres of previously congressionally designated Wilderness, the Mojave Trails National Monument is under the administrative oversight of the Bureau of Land Management. They are required to develop a management plan for the monument.

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Public Invited to Provide Input for Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle Area Management Plan

BLM LogoThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Barstow Field Office, announced today dates, times, and locations of public meetings to allow public input in the development of the Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area Management Plan.

The goal of public input is to assess a variety of issues and proposed solutions. Comments and concerns regarding land use, off-highway vehicle area access, visitor services, off-highway vehicle recreational opportunities, facilities, resource values, and monitoring are welcomed.

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Public Invited to Provide Input for OHV Grant Proposals 

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today the dates, times and locations of district-wide public meetings to provide input in the development of off-highway vehicle (OHV) grant proposals for submission to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR). Proposed grant applications are currently being prepared by BLM staff for the 2015/2016 grant cycle. 

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