The West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP) is a travel management planning effort covering 9.24 million acres in the West Mojave area of the California desert. Approximately 3.1 million acres in the planning area are public lands managed by the BLM. The WMRNP supplements the 2006 West Mojave Plan.
The supplemental plan has two broad sets of goals:
The plan identifies an overall travel and transportation management strategy, implementation framework, and access network for public lands users in the West Mojave portion of the California Desert.
The plan identifies additional livestock grazing alternatives that may enhance long-term conservation goals identified in the 2006 West Mojave Plan.
The planning area covers the western portion of the Mojave Desert in southern California including parts of San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Kern, Inyo, and a small portion of Riverside Counties. The plan applies to public lands in the planning area, and the travel management strategies apply on lands that are available for motorized and mechanized travel on designated routes only, totaling approximately 2.35 million acres. Other public lands in the planning area may be in closed areas, such as wilderness, or in open areas, such as OHV Open Areas. Closed and open areas have existing area-specific travel management guidance, policies, or plans.
The WMRNP supplemental EIS will form the framework for route designation in the West Mojave area, consistent with the rest of the West Mojave Plan. The plan amendment will also address inconsistencies in the language between the CDCA and the West Mojave Plan.
In addition, travel management plans are being prepared to designate specific routes in various portions of the West Mojave and implement the route network.
For more information and links to support documents go to BLM Desert District website.