Hunter met with Clark Wednesday and submitted a letter with his official comments. The Imperial Sand Dunes are within Hunter's congressional district. Hunter's letter states he has three recommendations for the draft.
The plan should be approved with a "no jeopardy opinion" since there is no justification or supporting data in the draft environmental study for using an adaptive management area or buffer zone to restrict off-road access, the letter states.
Existing boundaries — Highway 78 to the north, Interstate 8 to the
south, a canal to the west and railroad tracks to the east — act as a natural buffer zone, Hunter's letter states.
The letter also states the management plan must consider socio-economic impacts to Hunter's congressional district. Imperial Sand Dunes users contribute millions of dollars to Imperial County.
Hunter also suggests extending Gecko Road off Highway 78, which would
create more areas for camping, as suggested in the 1987 draft management plan.
June 28 is the last day to submit written comments on the draft. For more information on submitting comments, contact Jim Komatinsky at the
El Centro office of the BLM at 337-4400 or on the web at www.ca.blm.gov/elcentro
>> Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or email@example.com