Red Rock Canyon State Park General Plan Revision
October 2019 Public Meetings
State Parks will be holding three public meetings in Ridgecrest, Lancaster, and Bakersfield to provide updates on the revision of the General Plan for Red Rock Canyon State Park. At these open-house style meetings, the planning team will present the Revised Plan Concept for the update to the General Plan, and continue to solicit feedback from interested stakeholders and agencies. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit display stations, review materials that describe the Revised Plan Concept, ask questions, and provide input. The open houses will be identical in content and format, and materials from the meetings will be available after the meetings are concluded on the project website. Meeting dates and locations are presented below.
Open House #1
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert
230 W. Ridgecrest Boulevard, Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Open House #2
Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
University of Antelope Valley Grand Ballroom
44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster, CA 93534
Open House #3
Friday, October 25, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Courtyard by Marriott
3601 Marriott Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308
Meeting facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. If you need specific accommodations, please call Katie Metraux at 916-708-3485.
Why a General Plan is Important
A General Plan is a broad-based policy document that establishes a long-range vision, goals, and guidelines for park management. A General Plan also provides direction on future recreation opportunities, resource management, visitor facilities, park improvements, services, and programs. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will prepared as part of this planning process as required by the California Environmental Quality Act. The EIR will evaluate potential environmental effects associated with implementation of the General Plan proposals.
In January 1982, a General Plan was approved for Red Rock Canyon State Park. The unit consisted of 3,015 acres, with the Department negotiating for an additional 6,400 acres of adjacent land from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The general plan proposed a number of improvements for the park, as well as policies to protect the scenic resources. Through subsequent land acquisitions and agreements, the Park has grown to about 27,000 acres.
In 1994, the California Desert Protection Act (CDPA) was signed into law. The law provides for certain lands within the California Desert Conservation Area to be transferred to the State of California and incorporated with the existing Red Rock Canyon State Park. The intent of this action as defined by the CDPA, is to provide maximum protection of the region’s outstanding scenic and scientific values.
Following the CDPA, the BLM began the process of transferring 20,500 acres (Last Chance Canyon Addition) to California State Parks. The result of which effectively tripled the size of the Park. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was developed between the two agencies so that land not yet conveyed, or not able to be immediately conveyed due to encumbrance of unpatented mining claims, might be properly managed. The MOU gives the Department management responsibility for all 20,500 acres, regardless of the status of conveyance, with the exception of the mining claims.
The purpose of this planning effort is to revise/update the current general plan to include the new properties added since 1982, and establish clear goals and guidelines for future management, development, access, and use of Park properties in their relationship with adjacent public lands and appropriate uses.