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West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP)

Comment Period Deadline: June 14, 2018

Federal Register doc 2018-05272

BLM has prepared a Draft Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP) within the West Mojave (WEMO) Planning Area of the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA). A 90-day comment period was opened on March 16th. The WMRNP is a significant component of the DRECP implementation. Read why the WMRNP is important for Rockhounds


Maps used to finalize motorized routes in California's deserts found to be severely flawed.
Stakeholders formally ask BLM for 90-day extension.
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Several stakeholder groups have surveyed selected areas within the WEMO boundaries to compare against BLM's maps provided for public comment on the WMRNP. The maps are so flawed that thirty-nine individuals and organizations, including eight rockhounds and one paleontological society, signed onto a letter asking the BLM to extend the comment period an additional 90 days, to September 12th. More time is needed for the public to grapple with the 16,000 miles of routes composed of 300,000 individual route segments (each and every one of which is clickable for comment). There are numerous redundant (overlapping) route segments with unique WEMO ID numbers, which should be consolidated into one set of segments. In addition, there are few labels and there is no separate Rockhound layer to enable hobby collectors to see what routes are relevant to their interest, specficially. In case the request of an extension is not granted, EVERYONE should plan on submitting comments by the original June 14th deadline. There will be opportunity to submit supplemental comments, if the extension is granted.



Which twin has the Toni? BLM has made available two versions of maps for public comment on the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP) – georeferenced PDF maps and an online interactive GIS map. Among the numerous problems with both versions is that the two sets of maps do not match. In a screenshot of the online map shown above, the highlighted (pink) route in the Cady Mountains is shown as a motorized route (lime green), but in the same view of the PDF map, the highlighted route is a translinear disturbance (brown).




WMRNP: Request to BLM to extend comment period 90 days
Author: California BLM Director Jerome Perez
BLM response to May 30 letter from Cohen et al. requesting 90-day extension on WMRNP comment period to September 12, 2018. Request denied. June 14th deadline reaffirmed.
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WMRNP: Request to BLM to extend comment period 90 days
Author: Sheara Cohen, The Wilderness Society, et al.
Comment letter co-signed by 39 individuals and organizations, including eight rockhounds and one paleontological society.
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BLM proposal to open DRECP to plan-level review
Author: SDMG et al
Comment letter co-signed by 10 gem-mineral societies and 14 rockhound advocates opposed to opening DRECP to review.
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DRECP Transitioning to Implementation
Author: BLM
Interim draft report presented at DAC mtg, 2/23/2017
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Author: SDMG
DRECP NEPA/CEQA [Docket: 09‐ RENEW EO‐01]. Comment letter (48 pages).

Docketed on DRECP website »
A clean scan of the identical letter is on the SDMG website at:
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Archive: Letters & Notices

DAC Reinstatement
Author: SDMG.
Request to reinstate the Desert District Advisory Council meetings.
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RAC Reinstatement
Authors: 71 DOI Resource Advisory Committee members.
Request to reinstate the meetings and activities of the Resource Advisory Councils.
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Author: Southern California Paleontological Society (SCPS).
Docket No. NPS–2016–0003. RIN 1093-AA-16. Comment on proposed Rule on Paleontological Resources Preservation Act of 2009.

SCPS's letter had 61 signatories, including SDMG.
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Authors: SDMG and CFMS.
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Plan and Land Management Plan Amendment #46964
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National Monuments

Nat'l Monuments Review
Author: 24 members of Congress
Letter to President Trump with recommendations on recissions to 27 National Monuments, including five in California.
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Rockhounding in Nat'l Monuments
Author: Senator Dianne Feinstein
Letter to DOI Secretary Sally Jewell in support of rockhounds.
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