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Notice of Intent Published February 2, 2018
California Desert Conservation Area, Bishop, and Bakersfield Plan Amendments
 
The public scoping period closed on March 19, 2018
 
On Friday, February 2, 2018, the BLM issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to amend the California Desert Conservation Area Plan and the Bishop and Bakersfield Resource Management Plans.  The NOI initiated a 45-day public scoping period for the plan amendments and associated environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
 
The public is encouraged to help identify any issues, management questions, limitations on multiple use, or concerns that should be addressed in the plan amendment. The BLM will work collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs and concerns. The BLM will use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the plan amendment in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified.
 
To learn more please see the NOI located on the Documents & Reports tab at the left-hand column of the site. 
 
 
 
Background
 
On September 14, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Land Use Plan Amendment (DRECP), which amended the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan, Bishop Resource Management Plan (RMP), and the Bakersfield RMP in the Mojave and Colorado/Sonoran Desert regions of southern California.
 
On March 28, 2017, the President issued Executive Order 13783, ‘‘Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,’’ which directs all Federal agencies to review all actions that could ‘‘potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources.’’ In addition, on January 8, 2018, the President signed an Executive Order on
Streamlining and Expediting Requests to Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America, which directs Federal agencies: ‘‘. . . to reduce barriers to capital investment, remove obstacles to broadband services, and more efficiently employ Government resources’’ in order to foster rural broadband infrastructure projects.
 
This NOI is the first step in considering potential BLM plan amendments to ensure appropriate implementation of these executive orders.