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John Stewart

Review of Proposed Renewable Energy Plan Started

The DRECP will identify conservation zones and energy zones.  It will be developed in order to expedite permitting of jurisdictional renewable energy facilities.  It will provide for the conservation and management of identified species in the California desert through the establishment of conservation zones and energy zones.

The goal of the DRECP is to provide for the conservation and management of identified species.  The plan will facilitate the implementation of measures that will contribute to the recovery of these species.

BLM, as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act, will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the site-specific impacts of the proposed plan and a proposed amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan.

Publication of the NOI initiates a public scoping period of 30 days, ending December 21, 2009.  During the scoping period, BLM solicits public comment on issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action.  A joint agency public scoping meeting will be held and details will be announced shortly.  BLM will use the public scoping comments received to prepare the draft environmental documents for future public review.

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John Stewart

BLM Challis Travel Management Maps Available

CHALLIS, ID (Oct 23, 2009) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Challis Field Office travel maps are available at BLM offices (Challis and Salmon), Eastern Idaho Visitor Center (Idaho Falls), Idaho Fish & Game Office (Idaho Falls), Rexburg Motor Sports, Action Motor Sports and various locations in Challis. These maps are free to the public and depict seasonal closures areas and approved motorized trails.

The BLM would also like to remind the public that starting October 1 through December 31, the following areas are closed to motorized use in order to provide a non-motorized hunting experience and preserve wilderness values:

Jerry Peak West Wilderness Study AreaJerry Peak Wilderness Study Area (except North Fork of Sage Creek Road)Corral Horse Basin Wilderness Study AreaBurnt Creek Wilderness Study Area (except Burnt Creek Road)Goldberg Wilderness Study Area

“This is the first year for implementation of this portion of our travel management plan, and we are hopeful that it will provide hunters with a large block of public lands where they can enjoy a non-motorized hunting opportunity,” said Jeff Christenson, BLM Challis Field Office Outdoor Recreation Planner. “Hunts spoiled by inappropriate OHV use have been the single largest source of complaints I get each hunting season.”

For more information, please contact the BLM Challis Field Office at 208-879-6200 or the Eastern Idaho Visitor Center at 208-523-1012.

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John Stewart

BLM Offer Reward for Illegal Dumping Information

Salt Lake City, Utah (Oct 14, 2009) — The Bureau of Land Management Utah, West Desert District is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the party responsible for illegally dumping 18 television and computer monitors and large pieces of furniture on BLM-administered lands in Tooele County.

The dumping occurred approximately 1 ½ miles south of I-80, Exit 77 in the Timpie Point area of Skull Valley.  BLM Utah law enforcement officers believe the dumping occurred between Sept. 24 and Oct. 11, 2009.  Additionally, the quantity and size of the items dumped suggest that more than one vehicle was involved.

Due to the toxicity of leaded glass, the television and computer monitors pose serious health hazards to both humans and the environment.  The total clean-up costs for the illegal dumping could be as much as $5,000.

The BLM is urging anyone who might have witnessed the illegal dumping or who might have information on the identity of the responsible party to contact BLM Ranger Randy Griffin at (801) 977-4314.

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John Stewart

Weston Hills Recreation Area to Reopen

(Aug 20, 2009) - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Buffalo Field Office will reopen the Weston Hills recreation area on August 21 following an emergency closure on July 24 due to vandalism that destroyed a vaulted toilet.

The destroyed toilet remains on the site but has been welded shut for safety and law enforcement reasons and is no longer available for public use.

“I am pleased that we are able to open this popular recreation area in time for the antelope hunting season,” noted Buffalo Field Office Manager Duane Spencer. “We appreciate all the cooperation and support from the public.”

The Weston Hills recreation area consists of approximately 9,000 acres of BLM-administered public lands adjoining the Thunder Basin National Grassland. The area is jointly managed with the USDA Forest Service. Weston Hills is located 25 miles northeast of Gillette, Wyo. and is accessible via Wyoming Highway 59 North.

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Flash Floods washout access to BLM's Texas Creek OHV recreation area

Cañon City, CO (Jul 27, 2009) – The BLM is advising off-highway vehicle (OHV) and other recreation users to avoid the Texas Creek recreation area due to washout conditions.   Flash floods from this past weekend’s storm activity washed out County Road 27 just north of the Texas Creek Bridge.  County Road 27 is the only access into the recreation area.  The parking area for the Texas Creek OHV recreation area was also damaged by the flooding but the boat ramp is still accessible.

The Fremont County road department will start work on the road tomorrow.  BLM anticipates flash floods may have caused major damage to trails in the recreation area and will go in as soon as the road is accessible to do an assessment of the area. BLM is asking the public to completely avoid this area at this time.  The public can contact the BLM at 719-269-8500 for the latest update on the Texas Creek recreation area trails during and after normal business hours.

The BLM manages more land - 256 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands. --BLM--

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