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Imperial Sand Dunes

Post by Jim_b » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:44 pm

"Public invited to comment on draft plan for Imperial Sand Dunes" (BLM news release, 3/26/10)
Upcoming meetings are tonight (April 14) in El Centro and April 15 in Phoenix. See the news release for details on making comments.

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsro ... _RAMP.html

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Re: Imperial Sand Dunes

Post by Sandman » Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:52 pm

Thanks Jim. By the way, what is the BLM proposing to do?

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Re: Imperial Sand Dunes

Post by Jim_b » Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:31 am

Overview

The Imperial Sand Dunes Draft Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) describes and analyzes eight alternatives for managing approximately 214,930 acres of Bureau of Land Management-administered lands within the Imperial Sand Dunes Special Recreation Management Area in Imperial County, California. Information provided by the public, Bureau of Land Management personnel, and other agencies and organizations has been used to develop and analyze the alternatives in the Draft RAMP and Draft EIS.
The eight alternatives under consideration generally vary by the allowed level of motorized use and extent of preservation of the area's cultural and natural resources.
Alternative 1 is the No Action Alternative, which describes the management conditions prescribed in the 1987 RAMP for the Planning Area.
Alternative 2 describes the continuation of the present management of the Planning Area.
Alternative 3 generally places emphasis on preservation of the Planning Area’s natural and cultural resources through limited public use. It proposes fewer motorized and developed recreation opportunities.
Alternatives 4 through 6 propose a combination of natural processes and active management techniques for recreation and use management. Management under these alternatives includes decisions that are a balance of multiple uses. Alternative 4 identifies a higher level of preservation and a lower level of motorized use, recreation opportunities, and renewable development than Alternatives 5 and 6. Alternative 5 identifies a moderate level of preservation and a moderate level of motorized use, recreation opportunities, and renewable development than Alternatives 4 and 6. Alternative 6 identifies a lower level of preservation and a higher level of motorized use, recreation opportunities, and renewable development than Alternatives 4 and 5.
Alternative 7 generally places an emphasis on consumer-driven uses and the widest array of uses, such as renewable energy, transportation, and utility rights-of-way, and enhanced recreational opportunities (including motorized use). It places a greater emphasis on developed and motorized recreation opportunities and less on remote settings and primitive recreation.

Alternative 8 is the Preferred Alternative, which provides for management of each resource and resource use, and provides for a balance between authorized resource use and the protection and long-term sustainability of sensitive resources. It allows visitation and development within the Planning Area while ensuring that resource protection is not compromised in accordance with the principles of multiple use and sustained yield as mandated by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. The proposed decisions under this alternative could be identical to those under one of the other alternatives presented or could be a combination of features from several of the other alternatives.
Major issues addressed in this Draft RAMP and Draft EIS include management of recreation and public access, special designations, special status species, mineral resources, and lands and realty.

For everything get this PDF

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/ ... S-Vol1.pdf

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Re: Imperial Sand Dunes

Post by Sandman » Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:51 pm

I guess alternative 8 has a little something for everyone. Glamis is undeniably the most well known and popular OHV recreational area in the Nation, and perhaps even the world. Personally, I've never been there. I guess I'm not into the crowds but for some, it's the mecca of the sand rail enthusiasts who make their yearly pilgrimage to play with some big buck$ toys in a giant sandbox.

I remain opposed to private capital venture funded energy generation corporations grabbing all of the public lands they can get their hands on. Glamis is the holy grail of the sand rail. There are many spin off businesses that are owned by independent businessmen in towns across California who have turned their passion into a job for not only themselves, but for others as many of these businesses employ other like minded individuals.

Thanks for the info Jim. I'm surprised it's not generating more interest around here.

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