Okay, guys, here's the skinny: The BLM and the Marine Corps are holding two---count 'em---public hearings next month regarding the proposed transfer of 360,000-plus acres in the Johnson Valley area from the buraeu to the Corps. As most you know, if the transfer goes through, wheelers everywhere wil lose access to virtually all of the choicest, black-diamond trails in JV, including the infamous Hammer Trails. See the press release, and the dates and locations below. Then be there!!!!
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Marine Corps will host public meetings in Twentynine Palms and Victorville next month to inform the public about the legislative withdrawal process for consideration of the proposal to expand the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base in San Bernardino County.
The first public meeting is scheduled for Oct. 23, 2008, at Hay’s Gym, Twentynine Palms Junior High School, 5798 Utah Trail, Twentynine Palms, Calif. from 4 to 9 p.m. The second meeting is the following day, Oct. 24, at Hilton Garden Inn, 12603 Mariposa Road, Victorville, Calif. Two meeting times are scheduled at the Victorville location, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both meetings are scheduled to provide the public the broadest opportunities to attend, according to Roxie Trost, BLM Barstow Field Manager.
A notice published Sept. 15, 2008, segregated the public lands involved for two years, making them unavailable for settlement, sale, and location of claims under the mining laws. However, the lands remain open to public access and recreation use. A 90-day comment period closes Dec. 15, 2008. The notice, available online at www.blm.gov/ca, also explains the withdrawal process. After the comment period, the Marine Corps will prepare a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for further public review to identify a range of alternatives for meeting the Corps' training requirements and analyzing the environmental impacts.
We realize members of the public have concerns and questions about the proposed withdrawal and what the segregation means,” said Trost. “These meetings will provide a first-hand opportunity to have the proposal and subsequent opportunities for full public involvement explained,” she said.
The Department of the Navy, as required by the 1958 Engle Act, filed an application requesting the Secretary of the Interior to process a proposed withdrawal of public lands for military training and exercises involving the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms. The proposal seeks to withdraw approximately 366,000 acres of federal public land and, if eventually acquired, approximately 72,000 acres of non-federally owned property within the proposed withdrawal area.
Twentynine Palms Junior High School
5798 Utah Trail
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
1:00-4:00pm and 6:00-9:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn Victorville
12603 Mariposa Road
Victorville, California, USA 92395