Protecting Northwestern California’s Public Lands in Uncertain Political Times
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Arcata and Redding Field Offices are tasked with caring for about 400,000 acres (roughly 625 square-miles) of federal public land in Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Siskiyou, Shasta, Butte, and Tehama counties on behalf of the American people. The BLM is currently determining how these lands should be managed over the next decade or more. If you care about how the BLM’s holdings in these counties are managed, this is your opportunity to make your voice heard.
All BLM lands are managed according to documents called Resource Management Plans (RMPs). The Arcata and Redding Field Offices’ existing RMPs are more than 20 years old and must be updated. The BLM is calling this revision process the “Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan” or NCIP. BLM must address many issues in the updated RMP, including how they will:
- protect “lands with wilderness characteristics” (the BLM term for the wildest and least developed tracts of land);
- identify streams and rivers as possible “wild and scenic rivers” (these are streams that should be protected from future dam construction and development);
- protect sources of clean water and important habitats for wildlife;
- plan for recreational opportunities for locals and visitors; and
- conserve cultural and historic sites important to Native American tribes and others.
The BLM will take public input into consideration as it updates the RMP. Once approved, the new plan will dictate how agency lands are managed for the next 15 to 20 years. If you care about public lands in this region, make your voice heard.
What you can do
The Bureau of Land Management will be accepting public input on the NCIP at some point in 2018. If you care about public lands, that will be an important opportunity to make your voice heard!
If you would like to be notified of opportunities to get involved in the NCIP process, please click here and choose the NCIP list, along with any other CalWild-related emails you’d like to receive.
For the most updated list of NCIP-related events, see the Calendar
- 3/10/18: See spectacular wildflowers at the Sacramento River Bend Area near Red Bluff and learn how you can help protect local public lands.
- 4/14/18: Visit the Grass Valley Creek area between Redding and Weaverville and learn about one of the most successful watershed restoration efforts in California history.