Location: The Indian Joe Springs Ecological Reserve (IJSER) is located on the eastern slope of the Argus Range in southern Inyo County; approximately five miles north of the community of Trona, and 31 miles northeast of the city of Ridgecrest. The area consists of 520 acres.
Purpose of Acquisition: To protect the Mojave desert water sources and associated riparian habitat providing critical habitat for the Inyo California towhee (Melozone crissalis eremophilus).
Description:The following is not a comprehensive list, but rather a list of some site specific management goals*: Maintain and protect the water supply, quality, and quantity as it is critical in maintaining the necessary riparian habitat for the Inyo California towhee and Willow Flycatcher. Continue to provide public hunting opportunities and expand opportunities for wildlife viewing and environmental education/research.
Environmental Review Process
As lead agency, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) prepared a proposed Land Management Plan (LMP) for the Indian Joe Springs Ecological Reserve which includes an Initial Study/Negative Declaration. These documents have been prepared to provide the public, responsible agencies, and trustee agencies with information about the potential environmental effects of implementation of the IJSER LMP.
Public Review: The draft LMP with the included Initial Study / Negative Declaration is available for public review and comment for a period of 45 days, beginning on January 3, 2018 and ending on February 14, 2018, at 5 p.m.
Submit comments to:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Lands North Program
787 North Main Street, Suite 220
Bishop, CA 93514
Hard copies of the Land Management Plan with Initial Study/Negative Declaration are available at:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Lands North Program, 787 North Main Street, Suite 220, Bishop, CA 93514
Bishop Branch Library, 210 Academy Avenue, Bishop, CA 93514
*Implementation of tasks needed to achieve management goals is dependent on the availability of staffing and adequate operations and maintenance budget.