[Federal Register: November 16, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 222)]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR



Bureau of Land Management



[CA-670-00-1220-00, C00-0927 WHA-ADR]



 

Imperial Sand Dunes Vehicular Use Closure



AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, El 

Centro Field Office, California Desert District.



ACTION: Temporary closure of parts of the Imperial Sand Dunes 

Recreation Management Area to off-highway vehicle and other vehicular 

use in compliance with court-approved stipulations resulting from a 

lawsuit involving the Endangered Species Act.



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SUMMARY: On March 16, 2000 a lawsuit was filed against the Bureau of 

Land Management by Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and 

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. The basis of the 

lawsuit is that BLM has not yet consulted with the U.S. Fish and 

Wildlife Service, as required by the Endangered Species Act, on the 

effects of the California Desert Conservation Area Plan on species 

listed by the Service as threatened or



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endangered. In compliance with stipulations agreed to by the plaintiffs 

and the BLM and approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern 

Jurisdiction regarding Case No. C00-0927 WHA-ADR, the public land areas 

described below within the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Management 

Area are closed to off-highway vehicle and other vehicular use 

effective Nov 3, 2000.

    This is a temporary closure until the Bureau of Land Management 

consults with and receives a Biological Opinion from the U. S. Fish and 

Wildlife Service on the impacts of vehicular use in the Imperial Sand 

Dunes Recreation Area on the Peirson's milk-vetch (Astragalus 

magdalenae var. peirsonii), designated by Service in 1998 as a 

threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.



Affected Lands



    Parcel 1, the northern closure area as stipulated in the above 

mentioned case, is bounded on the southeasterly side by the North 

Algodones Wilderness Area, on the northeasterly side by Niland-Glamis 

Road, on the north side by a latitudinal line, and on the southwesterly 

side by the New Coachella Canal Road. Said parcel contains 3,800 acres 

more or less, and is more particularly described as follows:



    Beginning at the northwesterly corner of the North Algodones 

Wilderness Area; thence southwesterly on a prolongation of the 

northwesterly line of the above mentioned wilderness area, 

approximately 300 feet to a line parallel with and 15.00 feet 

northeast of the center line of the New Coachella Canal Road 

(approximate geographic position: longitude 115.26404 degrees, 

latitude 33.06407 degrees); thence northwesterly, parallel with and 

15.00 feet northeast of the center line of the New Coachella Canal 

Road, to a point at latitude 33.1038 degrees (approximate geographic 

position: longitude 115.31038 degrees, latitude 33.1038 degrees); 

thence east to a line parallel with and 20.00 feet southwesterly of 

the center line of Niland-Glamis Road (approximate geographic 

position: longitude 115.23364 degrees, latitude 33.1038 degrees); 

thence southeasterly, parallel with and 20.00 feet southwesterly of 

the center line of Niland-Glamis Road, to a prolongation of the 

northwesterly line of the North Algodones Wilderness Area 

(approximate geographic position: 115.23123 degrees, latitude 

33.10230 degrees); thence southwesterly along said line of 

prolongation 85.00 feet to point 1 of the North Algodones Wilderness 

Area; thence continuing southwesterly along the northwesterly line 

of the wilderness boundary to the point of beginning.



    Parcel 2, the small central closure as stipulated in the above 

mentioned case, contains 2,000 acres more or less, and is more 

particularly described as follows:



    Beginning at longitude 115.09392 degrees, latitude 32.92036 

degrees; thence to longitude 115.10286 degrees, latitude 32.91969 

degrees; thence to longitude 115.10916 degrees, latitude 32.92183 

degrees; thence to longitude 115.11854 degrees, latitude 32.93341 

degrees; thence to longitude 115.12616 degrees, latitude 32.93998 

degrees; thence to longitude 115.11041 degrees, latitude 32.95332 

degrees; thence to longitude 115.09628 degrees, latitude 32.95288 

degrees; thence to longitude 115.09225 degrees, latitude 32.94338 

degrees; thence to point of beginning.



    Parcel 3, the large central closure area as stipulated in the 

above-mentioned case, is bounded on the northeasterly side by Wash 

Road, on the north side by a latitudinal line, on the southwesterly 

side by the Sand Highway, and on the southeasterly side by a line 

falling northerly of Patton Valley. Said parcel contains 43,035 acres 

more or less, and is more particularly described as follows:



    Beginning at the point of intersection of a line parallel with 

and 20.00 feet northeasterly of the northeasterly edge of the Sand 

Highway and a line parallel with and 150.00 feet northwesterly of 

the center line of Patton Valley Road (approximate geographic 

position: longitude 114.96653 degrees, latitude 32.76586 degrees); 

thence northwesterly, parallel with and 20.00 feet northeasterly of 

the northeasterly edge of the Sand Highway, to a point at latitude 

32.90653 degrees (approximate geographic position: longitude 

115.11257 degrees, latitude 32.90653 degrees); thence east to a line 

parallel with and 20.00 feet southwesterly of the center line of 

Wash Road (approximate geographic position: longitude 114.95415 

degrees, latitude 32.90653 degrees); thence southeasterly, parallel 

with and 20.00 feet southwesterly of the center line of Wash Road, 

to a point at latitude 32.83805 degrees (approximate geographic 

position: longitude 114.86802 degrees, latitude 32.83805 degrees); 

thence southwesterly to a line parallel with and 150.00 feet 

northwesterly of the center line of Patton Valley Road, at latitude 

32.78236 degrees (approximate geographic position: longitude 

114.95298 degrees, latitude 32.78236 degrees); thence southwesterly, 

parallel with and 150.00 feet northwesterly of the center line of 

Patton Valley Road, to the point of beginning.



    Parcel 4, the south central closure as stipulated in the above 

mentioned case is bounded on the southwesterly side by the Sand 

Highway, on the northwesterly side by Patton Valley Road, with the 

remainder being defined by longitude and latitude. Said parcel contains 

310 acres more or less, and is more particularly described as follows:



    Beginning at the point of intersection of a line parallel with 

and 20.00 feet northeasterly of the northeasterly edge of the Sand 

Highway and a line parallel with and 150 feet southeasterly of the 

center line of Patton Valley Road; thence northeasterly, parallel 

with and 150.00 feet southeasterly of the center line of Patton 

Valley Road, to a point at latitude 32.77713 degrees (approximate 

geographic position: longitude 114.95341 degrees, latitude 32.77713 

degrees); thence easterly, leaving said road, to longitude 114.94770 

degrees, latitude 32.77746 degrees; thence to longitude 114.94433 

degrees, latitude 32.77629 degrees; thence to longitude 114.94401 

degrees, latitude 32.77449 degrees; thence to longitude 114.94708 

degrees, latitude 32.77218 degrees; thence to longitude 114.95472 

degrees, latitude 32.76916 degrees; thence southwesterly to a line 

parallel with and 20.00 feet northeasterly of the northeasterly edge 

of the Sand Highway, at latitude 32.76222 degrees (approximate 

geographic position: longitude 114.96253 degrees, latitude 32.76222 

degrees); thence northwesterly, parallel with and 20.00 feet 

northeasterly of the northeasterly edge of the Sand Highway, to the 

point of beginning.



    Parcel 5, the southern closure as stipulated in the above mentioned 

case, contains 160 acres more or less, and is more particularly defined 

as follows:



    Beginning at longitude 114.91161 degrees, latitude 32.71803 

degrees; thence to longitude 114.91115 degrees, latitude 32.72076 

degrees; thence to longitude 114.90694 degrees, latitude 32.72732 

degrees; thence to longitude 114.90049 degrees, latitude 32.72711 

degrees; thence to longitude 114.90507 degrees, latitude 32.71860 

degrees; thence to longitude 114.90873 degrees, 32.71786 degrees; 

thence to point of beginning.



    In all five areas, the longitudes and latitudes are based upon the 

North American Datum of 1983, and were derived from the Bureau of Land 

Management's Base Cartographic Data as depicted in the exhibits for the 

above-mentioned case. Longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates are 

informative calls and shall yield to the physical features where cited. 

More accurate positions will be collected and recorded when the 

official survey is performed.

    This legal land description will be finalized after formal Land 

Survey Plats are completed.

    Official government vehicles conducting monitoring or other 

legitimate governmental activities shall be allowed inside the closed 

areas.

    For Additional Information Contact: Roxie Trost, BLM, El Centro 

Field Office, 1661 S. 4th Street, El Centro , CA 92243, telephone (760) 

337 4400.



Greg Thomsen,

Area Manager.

[FR Doc. 00-29314 Filed 11-15-00; 8:45 am]

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