U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR  BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT  
ePlanning DOI-BLM-CA-D060-2014-0001-EIS (Agua Caliente Exchange)  
> NEPA Register > DOI-BLM-CA-D060-2014-0001-EIS > Home
  
Find Whole Words Only
Home
Documents
Contact Information
How to get Involved
    Meetings
Maps
    Data
Links
FAQs
Last Updated:
01/25/2018 12:06:30 MST
Home 
 
 
 
The proposed land exchange between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (Tribe) is located south of Palm Springs, California, within the northwestern part of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument (Monument). This land exchange has been an integral part of the long-standing cooperative agreement between the United States and the Tribe that helped create the Monument.
 
The purpose of this exchange is to reduce the extent of “checkerboard” landownership for effective and efficient management of both Federal and Tribal lands within the Monument.
 
Available for review is the abbreviated Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) addressing environmental effects of the proposed land exchange. Coincident with release of the abbreviated Final EIS is release of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the proposed land exchange. To view these documents, click on Documents link to the left.
 
Additionally, copies of the ROD, Final EIS and Draft EIS for the proposed land exchange are available for public review in the Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office located at 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262, during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Monday through Friday (except holidays). Comments received on Environmental Assessment CA-060-0010-0005, during the public scoping process for the EIS, and on the Draft EIS are available for public review at the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office during regular business hours. A compact disk containing these comment submissions is available upon request to the National Monument Manager at the above address, or email to amadams@blm.gov.
 
To view the Federal Register Notice, please visit: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/26/2018-01437/environmental-impact-statements-availability-etc-decision-for-proposed-land-exchange-between-bureau
 
 
Background:
 
The Draft EIS was released for a 90-day public review and comment period extending from December 29, 2014, through March 29, 2015. Comment letters were received from 468 individuals, ten nongovernmental organizations, and three government entities. After considering all substantive comments, the BLM concluded that changes to the Draft EIS are minor, and as a result, an abbreviated Final EIS is published instead of rewriting the Draft EIS. To fully understand modifications to the Draft EIS based on public comments, as well as changes that reflect the outcome of the land value equalization process, you will need to compare the abbreviated Final EIS to the Draft EIS.
 
Comments received on Environmental Assessment CA-060-0010-0005, which was released for public comment and review on July 27, 2010; comments received during the public scoping process in advance of preparing the EIS, which occurred in March 2012; and comments received on the Draft EIS are available in their entirety for your review. Substantive comments received on the Draft EIS are summarized in Appendix O of the abbreviated Final EIS; agency responses to these summarized comments are also provided in Appendix O.
 
Coincident with release of the abbreviated Final EIS is release of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the proposed land exchange. The extent of public lands that will be exchanged for the offered Tribal lands as an outcome of the land value equalization process is not the same as identified for scenarios one, two, or three of the proposed action or the preferred alternative as described in the Draft EIS, instead falling between the no action alternative and scenario one of the proposed action. Specifically, the outcome of the land value equalization process, which is based on approved land value appraisals, results in an exchange of 2,560.00 acres of BLM lands for 1,471.24 acres of Tribal lands with a cash payment of $50,000.00 made by the BLM to the Tribe for equalization purposes. These lands are depicted in Figure 2f of the abbreviated Final EIS.
 
 
 
Protest of the Decision
 
Pursuit to 43 CFR 2201.7-1(b), for a period of 45 days after the date of publication of the Notice of Decision, such decision shall be subject to protest. Protests of the Record of Decision must be received on or before March 12, 2018, which ends the protest period. Protests may be sent via regular mail or alternative carrier, or delivered by hand to: Field Manager, Bureau of Land Management, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262; or email to: AguaCalienteExchange@blm.gov. Verbal protests will not be accepted.
 
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that the BLM may make your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—publicly available at any time. While you may include in your comment a request for the BLM to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
 
Pursuant to 43 CFR 2201.7-1(c), a right of appeal from a protest decision of the authorized officer may be pursued in accordance with the applicable appeal procedures of 43 CFR part 4. The BLM will include information on the appeals process, if applicable, in any protest decisions.
 
For more information regarding the proposed land exchange or the process for protesting the Record of Decision, please contact Ashley Adams, National Monument Manager, at (760) 833-7100 or amadams@blm.gov.
 
Thank you for your interest in the shared stewardship of your public lands and resources.