Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association promotes the wise stewardship of the voluminous and unique natural, cultural and scientific resources that are prolific and irreplaceable at Red Rock Canyon State Park. The interpretation and education of this extraordinary masterpiece of nature is contingent on the delicate balance of use by the public so that future generations will continue to be gifted with the plethora of riches to be found in the fragile desert environment. RRCIA believes that sacred environments should be preserved and that humans have a lot to learn from respecting nature’s treasures such as Red Rock Canyon State Park.
Please Note Recent Announcement Re:
Red Rock Canyon State Park General Plan Update
The California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) has filed a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to be prepared for the Red Rock Canyon State Park General Plan Revision, according to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Why Is this Important and What does it Mean for the Park Environs and Users of the Park?
State Parks is developing a General Plan Revision for Red Rock Canyon State Park to provide a comprehensive framework for future Park development and use, and to provide management objectives for the Park.
The Revised General Plan will also provide a clear framework of consistent management goals and guidelines for the entire Park, identify formal boundaries, and make recommendations for the classification of all of the Park’s acreage.
What is involved in the Legal Process?
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 that the State Parks has put out can be viewed online here.
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.
What is the historical background for the General Plan?
The General Plan revision process was originally started in 2003. At the time, the planning team held a scoping meeting and received extensive input from the public, agencies and stakeholders. This process was suspended because of budgetary problems. This process was then started and stopped in 2008; 2014 and briefly in 2017.
Much has changed in the vicinity of Red Rock Canyon State Park over this time (including additional land acquisitions, and the CEQA process), State Parks has issued a new NOP.
RRCIA has been told by the Planning Team that the input received from the previous scoping process periods going back to 2003 would be considered in the park concepts developed to-date, and this input will continue to be carried forward in proposed project concept development. RRCIA has been appreciative of all those who took the time to comment and go to scoping meetings to make their voices heard.
CALL TO ACTION
MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD about the future of one of the most beautiful and resource-rich State Parks in California!
The final proposed concepts (the proposed General Plan) will be refined through the re-initiated planning process and additional input received during this new round of scoping.
State Parks 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.
YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT COMMENTS!!!
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
The California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) has an informational website they put together for the purpose of disseminating information on the continuance of the General Plan Process for Red Rock. That Website is: www.RedRockGP.com
Written and oral comments will also be accepted at two scoping meetings, at the dates and times listed below.
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.
Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association appreciates your involvement. Please let your voice be heard. Also, please forward this information on to others you know of who care about the future of the park. Meanwhile, here at RRCIA, (www.RedRockRRCIA.org) we will continue to let you know about information as we receive it.
Thank you for your help, support, participation, concern, and willingness to stand up for
Red Rock Canyon State Park!