BLM seeks feedback on proposed recreation improvements in Williams Hill Recreation Area

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MARINA, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management’s Central Coast Field Office is seeking public comment on a draft plan to improve the off-road vehicle driving experience in the Williams Hill Recreation Area in the southern Monterey County. The BLM prepared this plan with support from the Off-Road Division of California State Parks, recognizing that nature and recreation opportunities on public lands are essential to the health, well-being and the prosperity of every family and community in America. Public comments on the plan are welcome until May 23 and will be used to shape the final plan for the recreation area.

The Williams Hill Recreation Area currently provides off-road vehicle recreation opportunities on 15 miles of roads and trails. The draft plan includes up to 21 miles of additional trails, which would provide the opportunity to establish new loop routes that can accommodate more visitors and provide an enhanced recreational experience; expansion of the campground and assembly facilities; and a practice track for less experienced riders. The proposals include strategies to reduce unauthorized entry onto private lands.

“We look forward to hearing from the public and our partners as we look for ways to improve recreational opportunities at Williams Hill,” said Ben Blom, Central Coast Field Manager. “By participating in this planning effort, we can all help shape the future management of this area.”

The BLM will host a virtual public meeting, via Zoom, from 5-6:30 p.m. on May 11 to discuss the draft plan. Audiences must pre-register for this webinar to participate: https://tinyurl.com/2p8eumj4. Registrants will receive a link and phone number to join the meeting.

More information can be found on the project website at https://go.usa.gov/x6TWt. Written comments may be submitted electronically to [email protected], or by mail: BLM Central Coast Field Office, Attn: Williams Hill OHV Planning EA, 940 2nd Avenue, Marina, CA 93933.

Williams Hill encompasses approximately 8,500 acres of public land managed by BLM, ranging from gently rolling hills to mountainous terrain. The rolling terrain is characterized by impressive shale formations, offering visitors great views of the surrounding Salinas Valley. Camping, hiking, and wildlife viewing are popular activities in the BLM Recreation Area. Proper management of these resources keeps public lands healthy and productive for current and future generations of Americans.

The BLM received a planning grant to support this project from the California State Parks Off-Road Recreation Cooperative Agreement and Grants Program, which supports well-managed recreation in California by distributing more than $35 million a year from gas tax, entry fees and off-road vehicle sticker registrations.

To learn more, go online to www.blm.gov/visit/williams-hill. For specific questions, contact the Central Coast Field Office at 831-582-2200. Please contact us for reasonable accommodations to participate.

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