Bureau of Land Management Approves Calico Basin Recreation Area Management Plan

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LA VEGAS – The BLM District of Southern Nevada has finalized a Recreation Area Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Calico Basin area of ​​the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The planning effort was undertaken to balance the high quality visitor experience with the protection of natural resources in one of the region’s most popular recreation areas.

The Recreation Area Management Plan is a strategic planning document that does not contain specific provisions for a new fee program or reservation entry system. This plan allows consideration of implementing these actions once other regulatory requirements have been met, such as meeting with a Recreation Advisory Board to review the 2018-2028 BLM Red Rock Canyon Business Plan . The BLM will share at a later date the individual Red Rock Canyon projects that could be developed based on the Calico Basin Recreation Area Management Plan.

“I appreciate the strong public feedback on the Recreation Area Management Plan which will guide future development and provide management direction for recreational resources in the Calico Basin Recreation Area,” said Shedra Rakestraw, Acting Assistant Manager of Red Rock/Sloan.

During the comment period late last year, the BLM received 1,423 comment letter submissions; of these, 1,262 were unique comments. Comments have been considered and incorporated, as appropriate, into the management plan and environmental assessment of the Calico Basin Recreational Area. Section 1.9 of the environmental assessment describes the changes made as a result of the comments received.

A 30-day appeal period begins today. More information on how to file an appeal is available in the “FONSI and Record of Decision” document on the project’s NEPA National Registry documents page at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2016281/570

More information, including all documents, is available on the NEPA National Registry page: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2016281/510

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