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COMMUNITY PRAISES FINAL PLAN FOR NW CALIFORNIA PUBLIC LANDS

CalWild • Conservation Lands Foundation • Friends of the Lost Coast •
Shasta Environmental Alliance • The Pew Charitable Trusts


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2024


CONTACT:
Ryan Henson, rhenson@calwild.org, 530-902-1648


REDDING, CA — Local advocates say a new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Final Environmental
Impact Statement takes positive steps to conserve public lands in Northwest California.


The Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan (NCIP) will direct the management of
about 382,000 acres in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Siskiyou, Shasta, Butte, and Tehama Counties for
the next 20 years or more. The public lands that are covered by the plan stretch from the North Coast to
the Central Valley and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and include isolated redwood groves,
oak woodlands, rivers and streams, and are home to elk, bald eagles, marbled murrelet, western snowy
plover, salmon and steelhead, and sandhill cranes.


Last fall, the BLM opened a 90-day comment period for the public to weigh in on the proposed
management plan. The document released today takes into account that public input. During the
comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the agency developed an informative
online StoryMap to provide more information about the plan and illustrate the impacts of the various
alternatives on the lands and waters in the planning area.


The newly protected areas in the plan include Eden Valley northeast of Sacramento. The area is notable
for its unique geology, rare plants, its value as a cold water source for listed salmon and steelhead, for significant cultural and archeological values.


“I’d like to thank the BLM for a final NCIP that will protect places like Eden Valley and improve Tribal and
public access to the other lands the agency manages in the Wild and Scenic Eel River watershed in my
district,” said Vice-Chair of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors John Haschak. “The NCIP will help protect both endangered habitat and at-risk communities from the impacts of climate change, including severe fire.”


The final NCIP establishes management areas to protect recreational uses. These lands provide many ways to experience California’s natural environment. The Lacks Creek area of Humboldt County offers remote trails for hikers and cyclists within an hour’s drive of Arcata and Eureka, while the Sacramento River Bend Area in Tehama and Shasta County attracts visitors from all over the region, with thousands of people enjoying its trails and waters every year. Local advocates are encouraged to see this legacy continue for decades to come and Northwest California’s tradition of conservation reflected in BLM’s
national policies.


“The new BLM plan expands protection for public lands in the Sacramento River Bend Area near Red Bluff, which offers miles of trails for hikers, hunters, anglers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, as well as some of the best non-expert canoeing and kayaking in California,” said Steve O’Bryan, owner of Pullins Cyclery in Chico, CA.


“We’re grateful to the BLM for providing the public with such an informative and accessible NCIP
process,” said Ryan Henson, Senior Policy Director for CalWild. “From the terrific StoryMap to the high
quality public hearings and planning documents, the agency has really given special places and the
people who love them a fair hearing and a fantastic, forward-thinking plan.”


“Friends of the Lost Coast fully supports the final draft of NCIP, and applauds BLM’s inclusion of the
region’s last remaining old growth forests, particularly within the Mattole River and Gilham Butte,
wildlife corridors and advancing habitat connectivity, special designations to manage for wilderness characteristics, and forwarding future acquisition of lands to improve public access,” said Justin Crellin, Executive Director for Friends of the Lost Coast.


“This historic plan recognizes the value of restoring and conserving our public lands while ensuring the
public’s much needed access to nature. Public lands in northwest California are some of the most iconic in the state and BLM deserves a lot of credit for their vision to help keep them that way for future
generations,” said Jora Fogg, California Associate Program Director at Conservation Lands Foundation.


“The BLM has proposed strong new conservation designations, including areas of critical environmental
concern, lands with wilderness characteristics, and wild and scenic rivers,” said Andy Maggi, a senior
associate with the U.S. conservation program at The Pew Charitable Trusts, “These conservation
measures would ensure that future generations can also enjoy the solitude and wildness of
northwestern California’s great outdoors.”


A Final Record of Decision is expected in the Fall. Visit BLM’s online platform where you can view
the Final management plan.


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