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Red Rock Canyon State Park General Plan Revision

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The Department kicked off the general plan process for the Red Rock Canyon State Park in January 2018. Check back frequently for more information about the project schedule and public involvement opportunities.

Red Rock Canyon State Park General Plan Update

Notice of Preparation of an EIR and Scoping Meetings

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) intends to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The purpose of the EIR is to evaluate the environmental issues associated with the proposed Red Rock Canyon State Park General Plan Revision. State Parks will serve as the lead agency under CEQA. State Parks has filed a Notice of Preparation (NOP) with the State Clearinghouse. The purpose of the NOP is to notify agencies, organizations, and individuals that State Parks plans to prepare the EIR and request input on the environmental analysis. The NOP provides a more detailed description of the PWP and its potential environmental effects. The NOP and can be viewed online at www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=980 or by visiting the project website: www.RedRockGP.com.

State Parks would like to invite comments on the General Plan revision process and the scope of the EIR. Comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Friday, November 9, 2018. Please submit comments to:

By Email: info@RedRockGP.com

By Mail:
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Attn: Katie Metraux, Acting OHMVR Planning Manager
1725 23rd Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95816

Written and oral comments will also be accepted at two scoping meetings, at the dates and times listed below.

SCOPING/PLANNING MEETINGS

Dual-purpose public meetings, for EIR scoping and General Plan revision preparation, will be held at the following dates and locations:

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Location: Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert
Address: 230 W Ridgecrest Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Location: University of Antelope Valley, Grand Ballroom
Address: 44055 N. Sierra Highway, Lancaster CA 93534
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Each meeting will begin with an open house from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The planning team will provide a brief presentation about the General Plan Revision and EIR at 6:30 p.m., followed by an opportunity for attendees to provide comments. The two meetings will be identical in format and content. We hope to see you there!

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.

Project Background

Cliffs at Red Rock Canyon SPIn 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.