Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BLM West Mojave Plan - IMPORTANT, please review

The public comment period for the WEMO (WEst MOjave Plan) opened on March 5 and will close June 4, 2015. Send your comments to:

mailto:cawemopa@blm.gov or by mail to:

Bureau of Land Management
California Desert District
Attn: WMRNP Plan Amendment
22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

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MAC member Pat FLANAGAN (Desert Heights) gave a presentation on the WEMO Plan at the last MAC meeting. I encourage you to view it. Her presentation begins at 59 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YysGKI94mU

I am unclear on the impacts of Alternative 3 but some people are concerned that this will allow OHV access to 1.) county dirt roads and 2.) to BLM land adjacent to private property. I cannot speak to the validity of these concerns though I am looking into it. As it seems these concerns are at least possibilities I recommend that Wonder Valley residents look into this and write letters to the BLM addressing your concerns and interests.

I will try to arrange a presentation to better explain the impacts of this plan.

- Teresa Sitz, MAC Delegate, Wonder Valley

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The preferred BLM alternative (3) will increase OHV roads from 5,338 miles to 10,428 miles.

Read more here: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd/west_mojave__wemo.html

The plan, chapter by chapter:
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd/west_mojave__wemo/wmDEIS.html

Chapter 2 - The 4 plans (3 is preferred by BLM)
http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/ca/pdf/cdd/west_mojave_plan_updates/wm-deis.Par.23916.File.dat/508-WEMO%20SDEIS%20Chapter%202_Jan%2029%202015_508.pdf
Alternative 1 - page 2-36
Alternative 2 - page 2-38
Alternative 3 - page 2-39, 2-65, (preferred, see page 2-88)
Alternative 4 - page 2-41

Comparison of Length (in miles) of Alternative Route Networks (Chapter 2, page 2-86)

Total Open and Limited Miles of Routes in Network
Alternative 1 (current) 5,338
Alternative 2 4,293
Alternative 3 10,428
Alternative 4 5,782

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