The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period for the draft northern and eastern Colorado Desert coordinated management plan environmental impact statement and the draft northern and eastern Mojave plan amendments and environmental impact statement to Nov. 1.
BLM received numerous requests from the public and the BLM's California Desert District Advisory Council, which is a Congressionally mandated 15-member council appointed by the U.S. secretary of the Interior to advise BLM on the management of public lands in Southern California. The council agreed the public needed additional time to review and comment on the two draft plans.
"Both of these draft plans are complex and we want to ensure the public has adequate time to thoroughly review and comment on these documents," said Tim Salt, BLM California Desert District Manager. "We also realize that summer is not the best time to be conducting field reviews out in the desert, so the extension will provide the public sufficient time to complete their field work safely."