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Imperial Sand Dune Recreation Area • Including Buttercup & Gordon's Well

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On March 15, 2012, we could be legally riding again in the "Temporary Closures".....after only 12 years. What a F'N joke the BLM and the "WHOLE" system is.........

After 10 years and much litigation, the following RAMP implementation timeline has been released.
Publish NOA (Notice of Availability) for Proposed RAMP/Final EIS August 5, 2011
30-day Protest Period Ends September 4, 2011
60-day Governor's Consistency Review Ends October 4, 2011
Resolve Any Protests December 4, 2011
Issue Approved RAMP/ROD (Record of Decision) December 16, 2011
End of 90-day Court Review/Approval Period March 15, 2012
Begin Implementation

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Is it possible this will happen or more delays

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As per the March 2012 aSa newsletter: http://files.americansandassociation.or ... 012web.pdf
ASA STILL WAITS ON RAMP
At a recent meeting of the Desert Advisory Council, the
BLM El Centro Field Office reported that they are preparing
a new administrative draft of the Final Environmental
Impact Statement (FEIS) of the Proposed Imperial Sand
Dunes Recreation Area Recreation Area Management Plan
(RAMP). The Proposed Plan and Final EIS will be published
with a 30 day protest period. Following the protest
period and any resolution to protests, the Record of
Decision (ROD) will be signed. After this is signed, the plan
will be submitted to the Court for review and approval.
The BLM anticipates the ROD will be completed by the
end of fiscal year 2012 (Sept. 30, 2012).
A brief history of the RAMP:
• In 2000, BLM was litigated by the Center for Biological
Diversity, alleging that the BLM failed to formally consult
on Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.
• In 2001, the court ordered that several areas of the
ISDRA be administratively closed (49,000 acres) to
protect Peirson’s Milk-vetch (PMV).
• In 2006, the court vacated BLM’s Record of
Decision (ROD), and ordered BLM to maintain the
administrative closures. The Biological Opinion
(BO) for the ROD was also remanded to US Fish
& Wildlife Service (FWS).
• In 2008, FWS designated Critical Habitat for PMV,
which triggered BLM to begin a new RAMP
planning process, and obtain a new BO from FWS.
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Well I finally broke and sent a very polite email to the El Centro BLM office asking them when they were going to release any information on the implementation of the RAMP. I received a response the same day in which the BLM stated that they were finalizing the public comments for the draft EIS for the RAMP and making appropriate changes for the final EIS.

They further stated that the final EIS for the ramp should be released to the public this spring.

So hopefully they give us the carrot soon and not the stick.

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