Imperial County officials will be in federal district court in San Francisco this afternoon for a hearing on the last two of five interim agreements that close off areas of the desert.
Supervisor Wally Leimgruber and Randy Rister, county director of property services, are hoping to testify at the 2 p.m. hearing.
At Tuesday's county Board of Supervisors meeting, Rister briefed the board on information being provided to the court.
He said concerns with the latest agreements include continued recreational access to the desert, the closure of washes that would preclude gas and power companies from accessing their facilities for maintenance, mining expansion restrictions, hunting restrictions, perching restrictions for power lines expected to remove generations of nests of birds of prey, camping policy inconsistencies and more.
"Basically what it does is impacts the land-use planning capability that the county has historically had and it will certainly impact the economic base that the county needs at this time," Rister said.