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SOURCE:  Bureau of Land Management News Release, June 11, 2002

BLM Invites Public to Attend West Mojave Plan "Scoping" Meetings

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has scheduled seven public meetings to discuss the scope of the environmental impact statement (EIS) it is preparing for the proposed West Mojave Habitat Conservation Plan. At these "scoping" meetings, the public will be asked to help BLM identify the issues and concerns which should be analyzed by the EIS, and ensure that an adequate range of alternatives is addressed.

The meetings will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, June 26
City of Palmdale
City Council Chamber
38300 Sierra Hwy., Suite B
Palmdale, CA 93550
Thursday, June 27
San Bernardino County Museum
Fisk Auditorium
2024 Orange Tree Lane
San Bernardino, CA
Friday, June 28
Green Tree Inn,
Best Western Club Room
14173 Green Tree Blvd.
Victorville, CA 92392
Monday, July 1
Kerr McGee Center
100 W. California
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Tuesday, July 2
Statham Hall Eaton
138 N. Jackson Street
Lone Pine, CA
Tuesday, July 9
Canyon Natural Area
1750 N. Altadena Drive
Pasadena, CA 91107
Wednesday, July 10
Yucca Valley Community Center
57090 Twentynine Palms Hwy.
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

The BLM is one of 29 state and federal agencies and local jurisdictions
collaboratively preparing the West Mojave Plan. The Plan is intended to conserve
more than 100 threatened, endangered and sensitive species in the western
Mojave Desert and streamline state and federal permitting procedures.

As federal lead agency, BLM has the primary responsibility for preparing an EIS
that will analyze the effects of implementing the proposed plan, and evaluate a full
range of alternatives that will address wildlife conservation strategies and
procedures for complying with the State and Federal Endangered Specie Acts. It
will consider the effects on the western Mojave Desert ecosystem and species,
public land uses, urban growth and development in the high desert, motorized
vehicle access and recreation.

Upon completion of the EIS and decision processes, in addition to any decisions
or approvals necessary for other participating agencies, BLM will issue a Record
of Decision that will amend the 1980 California Desert Conservation Area Plan.

Written comments will be accepted through July 19, 2002. Comments should be
mailed to William Haigh, Project Manager, West Mojave Interagency Planning
Team, 6221 Box Springs Blvd, Riverside, CA 92507. For more information
contact the BLM at (909) 697-5294.

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