General Plan Update

 

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.

For More Information:

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

 Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association appreciates your involvement.  We will continue to let you know about information as we receive it.