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BLM releases draft plan for managing 1.6 million acres in Central California

A public meeting on a management plan for 1.6 million acres of land spread over eight Central California counties is set for Oct. 13 in San Luis Obispo, the federal Bureau of Land Management announced today.

The bureau administers 400,000 of those acres as public land; an addtional 1.2 million acres are classified as federal mineral estate.

The plan does not include the Carrizo Plain and California Coastal national monuments, which have their own management plans.

The plan includes areas in the Irish Hills in San Luis Obispo, Salinas River and various locations officially labeled as being of critical environmental concern, such as some in Los Osos, at Point Sal, Tierra Redonda and Upper Cuyama.

Public comment on the draft plan’s “goals, objectives and management actions” will be taken through Dec. 9. Land-use issues covered by the plan include recreation, endangered species and energy development.

A series of six public meetings begins Oct. 12 in Bakersfield at the bureau’s field office.

The San Luis Obispo meeting, the only one in this county, is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. the following night at the Ludwick Community Center, 864 Santa Rosa Street in San Luis Obispo.

The three-volume draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement is available for review at the San Luis Obispo City-County Library and online at www.ca.blm.gov/bakersfield.

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