The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the draft Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area management plan (RAMP) and environmental impact statement (EIS). The March 26 publication of the notice of availability in the Federal Register initiates the 90-day public comment period which will end June 24, 2010.
Daniel Steward, acting BLM’s El Centro Field manager, said the RAMP/EIS outlines future management of public lands administered by BLM in the 160,000-acre Dunes located in eastern Imperial County. The public assisted BLM in identifying key land use issues in this area through a formal scoping process conducted in 2008.
The draft RAMP/EIS analyzes the environmental impacts of many land management issues, including recreation, renewable energy, and species listed under the Endangered Species Act, including the threatened Peirson’s milk-vetch. A range of alternatives are analyzed in the RAMP/EIS, including closure of areas designated as critical habitat by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to off-highway vehicle use.
The BLM has scheduled the following public meetings:
Tuesday, April 13th – San Diego, CA
950 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108
Wednesday, April 14th – El Centro, CA
Imperial Irrigation District William R. Condit Meeting Room
El Centro, CA 92243
Thursday, April 15th – Phoenix, AZ
Mountain Preserve Reception and Conference Center
1431 E. Dunlap Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85020
All meetings will run from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
The draft is available online at http://www.ca.blm.gov/elcentro. Copies are available upon request from the field manager, El Centro Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 1661 S. 4th Street, El Centro, CA 92243 or the BLM California State Office at 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W 1834, Sacramento, CA 95825.
Comments can be provided via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the El Centro address above, attention: Carrie Simmons. For further information, please contact Erin Dreyfuss, RAMP team leader at (916) 978-4642.
Members of the public can make public comments at the meetings, however, they are strongly encouraged to submit their comments in writing.
The meetings will start with a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation about the DRAMP. Stations will be set up with detailed information where the public can present and receive help with their questions.
The ASA will be reviewing the 803-page document in order to compose valid comments. The results should be available to our membership in a few weeks.
It will be appreciated if members taking the initiative to review and prepare valid comments would copy The aSa Board of Directors. Remember, valid comments are those that present BLM with new data or point out flaws in their reasoning or other processes. Venting on an emotional basis will be disregarded by BLM.
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