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West Mojave Route Network Project
Filing a Protest

BLM planning regulations state that any person who meets the conditions as described in the regulations may protest the BLM’s Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS). A person who meets the conditions and files a protest must file the protest within 30 days of Environmental Protection Agency publication its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on April 26, 2019.  The Protest Period concludes on May 28, 2019, due to the 30 day deadline falling on a weekend, followed by a federal holiday.

All protests must be in writing (43 CFR 1610.5-2(a)(1)) and filed with the BLM Director, either as a hard copy or electronically via the BLM’s ePlanning project website listed previously. To submit a protest electronically, go to the ePlanning project website and follow the protest instructions highlighted at the top of the home page (Click the "Documents" tab on the left side of this webpage, then click the "Submit Protest" tab next to the  to submit a protest).

If submitting a protest in hard copy, it must be mailed to one of the following addresses:

-   U.S. Postal Service Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, WO-210, P.O. Box 71383, Washington, DC 20024-1383

-   Overnight Delivery: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, WO-210, 20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003


Protests submitted electronically by any means other than the ePlanning project website will be invalid unless a protest is also submitted in hard copy.  Protests submitted by fax will also be invalid unless also submitted either through ePlanning project website documents section or in hard copy. To submit a protest electronically, visit ePlanning. For more information please see the BLM's Filing a Protest webpage here:

https://www.blm.gov/programs/planning-and-nepa/public-participation/filing-a-plan-protest

 A Critical Item Checklist is here: 

https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/Programs_PlanningandNEPA_checklistforfilingprotest.pdf

 

 
 
 
 

Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP)

Summary 

The West Mojave Planning Area for this project is located in Southern California, and comprises approximately 9.4 million acres of land.  The BLM administers approximately 3.1 million acres of public lands within this Planning Area. 

The Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP) was prepared by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in consultation with various government agencies and organizations, taking into account public comments received during the planning effort.  

The WMRNP considers seven planning decisions amending the motor vehicle access, recreation and livestock grazing elements within the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan for the West Mojave Planning Area.  The WMRNP also includes implementation-level decisions, including designation of a route network and associated travel management plans.
 
When approved, the WMRNP will supplement the 2006 West Mojave Plan and will guide the management of transportation and travel management in the West Mojave Planning Area into the future.


Project

The Proposed LUPA/FSEIS was prepared by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in consultation with various government agencies and organizations, taking into account public comments received during the planning effort. The purpose of the Proposed LUPA is to amend the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan.  The WMRNP considers seven planning decisions amending the motor vehicle access, recreation and livestock grazing elements within the CDCA Plan for the West Mojave (WEMO) Planning Area. These planning decisions include: change CDCA Plan language that limits routes of travel to existing routes as of 1980, identify travel management areas, change competitive event access, modify off-highway vehicle use on four lakebeds, eliminate the permit requirement for motorized access to the Rand Mountains-Fremont Valley Management Area, change the stop, park and camp limits adjacent to designated routes, and consider reallocating forage from livestock use to wildlife use and ecosystem function in desert tortoise critical habitat.

The WMRNP also includes implementation-level decisions, including designation of a route network and associated travel management plans.

Pursuant to BLM’s planning regulations at 43 CFR 1610.5-2, any person who participated in the planning process for this Proposed LUPA and has an interest which is or may be adversely affected by the planning decisions may protest approval of the planning decisions contained therein.  The Proposed LUPA/FSEIS is open for a 30-day protest period beginning the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.

The regulations specify the required elements of your protest.  Take care to document all relevant facts. As much as possible, reference or cite the planning documents or available planning records (e.g. summaries, correspondence, etc.).

ERRATA to the Record of Decision 

John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act

The John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, was signed by President Donald J. Trump on March 12, 2019. The Act (Public Law 116-9) makes multiple changes to public lands in the WEMO Plan Area, including:

Designate three new Wilderness Areas

o Great Falls Basin
o Grass Valley
o Soda Mountains

Expand one existing Wilderness Area

o Golden Valley

Release all or the remaining portions of three Wilderness Study Areas

o Cady Mountains
o Soda Mountains
o Great Falls

Designate five off highway vehicle recreation areas

o El Mirage
o Rasor
o Spangler Hills
o Stoddard Valley
o Johnson Valley

Transfer lands between BLM and NPS federal agencies

o Land transfer from BLM to Joshua Tree National Park

The Record of Decision will include an Errata with updated maps reflecting the new designations and necessary changes to the travel and transportation system to ensure the designated route system is consistent with the law.

The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act text can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/47/text