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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Arizona Strip Field Office
 
Release Date: 04/08/11
Contacts: Contact: Rachel Tueller, Public Affairs Officer    
  Phone: 435-688-3303 or E-mail: Rachel_Tueller@blm.gov    

Public Participation Encouraged in Arizona Strip Field Office Travel Management Plan Environmental Assessment


St. George, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is developing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a Travel Management Plan (TMP) under the National Environmental Policy Act to analyze motorized/mechanized vehicle use and non-motorized use on designated routes in the Colorado City, Littlefield and St. George Basin route designation sub-regions within public lands administered by the Arizona Strip Field Office.

The Arizona Strip Field Office (ASFO) Resource Management Plan (RMP) was completed in 2008. Specific route designation decisions for most of the travel routes on the ASFO were deferred to a later date, providing the BLM adequate time to create an accurate inventory of all the routes on BLM-administered lands in the ASFO. The inventory of travel routes has now been completed, improving the accuracy in the TMP/EA as the record helps define routes designated open for motorized/mechanized use and non-motorized use, closed to motorized/mechanized use, or available for administrative use only.

BLM policy requires that route designations should be completed within five years of the Record of Decision of the ASFO RMP, or no later than January 29, 2013. The goals of the ASFO TMP are to: provide and improve sustainable access for public needs and experiences; protect natural and cultural resources and the settings in which they occur; promote the safety of public land users; and minimize conflicts between the various users of public lands.

Public participation is crucial for the success of a comprehensive travel network in order for the BLM to obtain the most accurate and current information on specific routes. Public input also provides BLM with various alternatives for access and use of areas and routes for specific purposes, as well as obtain current information about resources that need to be protected from access-related impacts. The purpose of the TMP EA scoping meetings and public comment process is to enable all interested parties have an opportunity to understand the route designation decisions about to be made and have an opportunity to participate in the process. 

Public scoping meetings to initiate the TMP/EA process will be held at the following locations:

April 18, 2011 4-7 pmBeaver Dam, ArizonaBeaver Dam Fire Station, 630 N. Highway 91
April 19, 2011 5:30-7 pmKaibab Village, ArizonaKaibab Village Community Building
April 20, 2011 4-7 pmColorado City, ArizonaMohave Com. College North Campus, Rm 103
April 21, 2011 4-7 pmSt. George, UtahDixie Center, 1835 Convention Center Drive

*All meetings will be held between 4-7 pm local time, except for the Kaibab Village meeting which will be from 5:30 to 7 pm local time. 

If you wish to be included on the mailing list and receive further information regarding this project, please send your contact information to Arizona_Strip@blm.gov, call (435) 688-3266, or mail your request to Diana Hawks, c/o Arizona Strip District, 345 East Riverside Drive St. George Utah 84790. 

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your request or comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask to withhold your name and personal identifying information from public review, there is no guarantee that your information will be withheld. All comments from organizations or businesses will be available for public inspection in their entirety.

For more information on the Travel Management Plan Environmental Assessment visit http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/travel_mgmt/strip_tmp.html



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.
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