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BLM Approves Route of Travel Plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved the decision record for the Northern and Eastern Mojave Desert (NEMO) Routes of Travel Plan, an amendment to the 1980 California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan.

The Routes Plan updates previous route designations in the region and adopts a network of motorized vehicle access routes as a component of the CDCA Plan. The network designates 91 percent of routes open within approximately 1.3 million acres of public lands in the planning area. The decision record is available online at http://www.ca.blm.gov/barstow/nemo.html.

The NEMO planning area covers 3.3 million acres in parts of San Bernardino and Inyo Counties. It is a largely undeveloped region, stretching from north and northwest of Death Valley National Park to I-40 on the south, and from the Nevada state line on the east to beyond the western boundary of the Mojave National Preserve on the southwest, covering over 2.7 million acres of BLM managed public lands.

In December 2002, BLM issued a record of decision designating routes on approximately 400,000 acres of public lands in this area within desert wildlife management areas. Approximately one million acres of wilderness area are excluded from route designation since motorized vehicle use is prohibited by law in wilderness areas. With the designation of the remaining 1.3 million acres in the NEMO Routes of Travel Plan through this decision, route designations have now been accomplished for the NEMO planning area, consistent with the NEMO Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (2002).

For further information contact Edythe Seehafer at 760-252-6021 in the BLM’s Barstow Field Office.

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