The Arcata and Redding Field Offices have recently started the process to update the Northwest California Integrated Resources Management Plan (NCIP). We have been attending the zoom meetings regarding the new plans to represent recreation interests. There are already several areas in Northern California that are congressionally designated as Wilderness areas. Because of these designations as well as others throughout California, recreational areas continually are being closed down to Wilderness or other management restrictions. The BLM did note on these meetings the need for more areas for the public to recreate in because of the increase in recreational uses over the past several years.
If you have on the ground knowledge of specific areas or trails that need to continue to stay open or need to be developed into usable roads, trails and staging areas please include them in your own comment and send us that information as well. The BLM wants to hears from the public what is wanted and needed. Although this planning process doesn’t address trails specifically, it will allow us to provide better information for areas that should not be deemed as roadless so that recreation can continue in the future.
Below is a map of the planning area, and the plan will impact the lands colored in the golden yellow color. Please add your voice to ours using the tool below to let the Bureau of Land Management know that recreation is important to public land users and this updated plan need to allow for continued and increased access.