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Tucson Field Office
Release Date: 11/10/10
Contacts: Kristen Lenhardt, 520-258-7266; Cell: 520-404-9891    

BLM Releases Final Decision for Transportation Plan near Florence, Ariz.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tucson Field Office has released the final decision for the Middle Gila Transportation and Travel Management Plan, a plan covering approximately 96,320 acres of public lands near Florence and Superior, Ariz. 

The purpose of the plan and accompanying Environmental Assessment (EA) is to designate travel routes and identify use restrictions needed to protect sensitive resources in the planning area. 

Approximately 263 miles of road or primitive road have been identified in the plan, along with several Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) sport sites. All routes in the plan are based on a comprehensive travel route inventory completed in 2003, as well as stakeholder meetings convened in 2007. The management alternatives identified in the plan evolved from a route evaluation conducted by the Middle Gila Conservation Partnership in 2005. 

The Middle Gila Conservation Partnership is a group of interested representatives from state, federal and local agencies who assisted the BLM in maintaining recreational use in the Middle Gila region while preserving the area’s natural resource value. In addition, a range of public interests provided input in the development of the plan.

The EA results concluded that the proposed plan is not expected to have a significant impact on the environment and is designed to reduce some of the current impacts to sensitive resources on public lands.

Copies of the plan and EA are available for review online at: This decision may be appealed to the Interior Board of Land Appeals, Office of the Secretary. If an appeal is filed, the notice of appeal must be received in the Gila District Office, 1763 Paseo San Luis Sierra Vista, Ariz. 85635 no later than Dec. 9, 2010.

For more information, please contact Laura Olais at 520-258-7200.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 01-08-2014