Eastern Kern County Acquisition
Eastern Kern County Acquisition Final EIR
The Eastern Kern County Acquisition Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been certified by the OHMVR Division and a Notice of Determination (NOD) has been filed with the State Clearinghouse.
- Notice of Determination (NOD) [Filed on Friday, October 4, 2013)
Eastern Kern County Acquisition Final EIR Documents
- Final EIR Volume 1
- Final EIR Volume 2
- Final EIR Volume 3
- Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations
- Mitigation, Monitoring, and Reporting Plan
Final EIR Figures
- Chapter 1 Figure
- Chapter 2 Figures
- Chapter 3 Figures
- Chapter 4 Figures
- Chapter 6 Figures
- Chapter 7 Figure
- Chapter 8 Figures
- Chapter 12 Figure
- Chapter 13 Figure
OHMVR Commission Subcommittee Meeting
On March 16, 2013, a subcommittee of the OHMVR Commission held a public hearing for the proposed Eastern Kern County Property Acquisition.
- Notice and Agenda [PDF]
Proposed Eastern Kern County Acquisition
Motorized travel, including OHV recreation, occurs throughout much of the area, largely on designated roads and trails. A few of the project parcels are within the Jawbone Canyon open area, in which vehicles are not restricted to designated routes. By acquiring the parcels, the OHMVR Division would be able to improve overall management of the area as land managers would have complete access to manage and support the recreational uses, protect sensitive resources, and restore and rehabilitate damaged areas.
Eastern Kern County Acquisition Draft EIR
The OHMVR Division prepared a Draft EIR for the Eastern Kern County Acquisition project. The Draft EIR was available for public review and comment for 45 days, from February 15 to April 1, 2013.
Eastern Kern County Acquisition Draft EIR documents:
- Notice of Availability
- Draft DEIR
- DEIR Maps
- DEIR Appendices A - D
- DEIR Appendices E - F
- DEIR Appendices G - K
During the EIR scoping meetings, participants were given a project overview complete with maps, photos of the area and a tutorial on the project website. Lastly, participants were given a chance to provide input on the scope and content of the project EIR, both verbally and in writing.
Members of the public expressed concern regarding activities currently occurring on this land and in the surrounding area, and how the OHMVR Division will incorporate these ongoing uses in the overall management plan. A short list of current uses in this area includes: OHV recreation, free-range cattle grazing, camping, hunting, nature and wildlife viewing, and rock hounding.
These activities have occurred in the area for decades or more, and all are important to the local community and the many people who recreate in this area. The OHMVR Division is in the process of looking at all of the comments and writing the Draft EIR.