Dear Fellow Duner,
The ASA keeps the number of calls to action low
so that when we do call upon you there is no question that it
is important and that you make the effort to respond. Now is one
of those times.
There is a management plan called a Resource Management
Plan (RMP) that is used to manage the Dunes. The last one was
done in 1987; back then it was called a RAMP. It is now being
replaced. The BLM is writing the new one right now and we have
an opportunity to shape it. IT IS ABSOLUTELY
CRITICAL THAT WE BE INVOLVED.
The way we get involved is by providing constructive
input regarding issues that need to be addressed - more details
Send you written comments
Bureau of Land Management
El Centro Field Office
1661 S. 4th St.
El Centro CA 92243
Below, you will see 15
items identified as dunes management issues. These items are what
came out of the first Scoping or public input meetings held about
a year and half ago for the management plan then called the RAMP.
They are not taking any comments on these 15 management issues
but asking that we review them and give our input on any issues
that have not yet been identified. WE ARE BEING ASKED ONLY
TO HELP THEM IDENTIFY ISSUES AT THE DUNES AT THIS TIME.
Let's not waste any of our energy on saying anything
about what we don't like about this process or what we don't like
about the management issues already identified. No venting please.
There will be opportunity for that later and we will let you know
when and how. Our energy needs to go into sending in written comments
and attending these meetings. Remember that the group that cries
out the loudest usually gets what it wants. Again - checkered
flags and ASA shirts. A rough head count is done at each meeting
to determine how many from what organizations attend.
The 15 management issues already identified are:
1. How will the BLM conserve the unique natural
resources of the Imperial
Sand Dunes as well as protect Federal and State listed species
Endangered Species Act in an area managed for OHV use?
2. How can air quality standards in the Imperial
Sand Dunes be met?
3. At what levels are noxious weeds occurring
within the Imperial Sand
Dunes planning area and what measures can be taken to reduce or
4. What level or levels of recreation setting
can or will be provided at
the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area?
The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area can provide a wide variety
of outdoor settings. Currently the majority of the area is in
undeveloped setting where Recreationists can engage in activities
not dependent on facilities and experience a moderate level of
self-reliance and risk. Natural resources in these areas have
not been modified to accommodate human use. There are currently
no Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) guidelines that direct
the development of any of the areas associated with the ISDRA.
Public opinion varies as to what range of settings should be accommodated
at the ISDRA.
5. How will OHV recreation be managed in relation
to resources and other
Recreationists, including safety?
6. How will education, law enforcement, and other
techniques be used to
ensure compliance at the ISDRA? Especially with respect to illegal
alcohol, drugs and firearms.
7. How much facility development and access is
appropriate for the
Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area?
8. How often, where and what should vendors/concessionaires
be allowed to
vend on public land in the ISDRA to best serve the needs of the
9. How much impact are the tour buses having on
the facilities at the
ISDRA and should there be compensation for that use?
10. What level of education and resource interpretation
should be provided
at the ISDRA?
11. What is considered the Carrying Capacity at
the ISDRA, is it
being exceeded and if so, what actions should be taken?
12. How much motorized trespass is occurring in
the North Algodones Dunes
Wilderness, what impacts are occurring and how can it be eliminated?
13. What management prescriptions should be utilized
for legal motorized
access afforded the Border Patrol, California Department of Fish
and law enforcement agencies to the North Algodones Dunes Wilderness?
14. What is the future for the Fee Demo program?
15. How will priorities be set with anticipated
budget reductions from
"green sticker" and allocated dollars?
We have seen many comments on bulletin board on
the web site, but they need to be written down and sent to the
BLM. We're sure there are many good suggestions out there. They
have to be reasonable. Think of the big picture, health and safety,
funding, social benefits, economic benefits, cultural benefits,
environment, family values, etc, etc..
Some months after the main issues are identified,
we will then have a chance again to give input on how important
each is and the ways best to handle each issue. We will have the
chance to bring to light the best solutions IF ANY that are required
to maintain our access to the dunes. These plans involve consultation
with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. At that time, the PMV
and how much protection is needed for it will be reviewed.
Remember the Environmentalists will be out in
full force - so must we for there is every possibility that we
could permanently lose the dunes that were closed last November.
Here's links to more info on the BLM
more BLM info