Desired Future Conditions
TM-1. Designations will be made and management implemented for a balance of opportunities for the entire range of motorized and non-motorized access needs, while in balance with other resource values found on public lands.
TM-2. Reasonable, safe, and environmentally sound access will be provided to visitors, local residents, licensed or permitted activities, and property owners. Lake Havasu Field Office will be linked with other state, regional, and land management agencies or interest groups to better facilitate travel management.
TM-3. Travel between communities within the planning area will be made safer.
TM-4. Public access easements will be acquired across private or state lands where public access to federal lands and waterways is not available.
TM-5. Instill and strengthen a more effective and responsible user ethic through public outreach programs for motorized and non-motorized users.
Lake Havasu Field Office RMP Map 30 - Travel Management Areas and Route Inventory Index
TM-6. The BLM will continue to provide motorized and non-motorized access across public lands, with emphasis on development of non-motorized trails and trailheads.
TM-7. The BLM will assess its responsibility to manage boat related transportation opportunities as they relate to BLM facilities on the Colorado River and Lake Havasu and to develop and implement management practices accordingly.
TM-8. Opportunities for "touring" and "loop" travel beyond the boundaries of the planning area will be maintained or enhanced when creating the travel management network for the planning area.
Land Use Allocations
TM-10. Washes in areas designated Open, are available for motorized travel. In areas designated "existing road or trails" only washes with routes shown on inventory maps will be open to motorized travel. After the TMP is completed only washes with designated routes will be open for travel. All other washes will be closed to motorized travel unless at a later date reviewed as a new route or trail and evaluated under the route evaluation process as outlined in Appendix L.
TM-11. Between the ROD and the completion of the TMP, three areas totaling 30,943 acres (see Map 31) will retain seasonal closures for motorized vehicles from January 1 to June 30, to protect sensitive habitats, ACEC values, recreational settings, and/or cultural sites. These areas were originally seasonally closed under the YRMP for bighorn sheep lambing grounds. All routes in these areas will be evaluated and designated in the TMP and the area allocation dropped. This does not affect areas currently limited to designated routes.
TM-12. "Limited to Existing Roads and Trails" areas will be converted to "Limited to Designated Roads and Trails" following the Travel Management Network Plan.
TM-13. Wheeled non-motorized carts will be allowed except in WAs.
TM-14. Motorized vehicles may be allowed to pull off an existing/designated route 100 feet either side of centerline. This use shall be monitored on a continuing basis. If monitoring results show effects that exceed limits of acceptable change, motorized vehicles will not be allowed to pull off a designated route 100 feet either side of centerline in those areas where resource damage has exceeded limits of acceptable change.
TM-15. Technical Vehicle Specialized Sport Sites could be identified and managed as an RMZ or specific sites within RMZ or the ERMA and not part of the travel management network.
TM-16. Foot and equestrian cross-country travel will be allowed on public lands. California and Arizona state laws consider bicycles vehicles and cross-country travel will not be allowed except in designated open areas. Except in WAs, all roads and trails will be open to bicycles unless designated otherwise.
TM-17. Public lands within the Gibraltar Mountain Interdisciplinary Management Planning Area, except in the WA and the proposed Shea Road/Osborne Wash Open Area, will be classified as limited to designated roads and trails or limited to designated routes closed seasonally. These designated trails and routes were established under the 2001 Gibraltar Mountain Interdisciplinary Management Plan (see Map 31).
Lake Havasu Field Office RMP Map 31 - Off-Highway Vehicle Area Designations
TM-18. Public lands within the La Posa Management Planning Area and within the Lake Havasu Field Office planning area will be classified as limited to designated roads and trails. These designated trails and routes were established under the La Posa Interdisciplinary Management Plan (Bureau of Land Management 1997b) (see Map 31).
TM-19. Public lands within the Parker Strip Recreation Area, except in developed facilities and the two OHV areas, will be classified as limited to designated roads and trails. These designated trails and routes were established under the 1993 Parker Strip Recreation Area Management Plan (see Map 31).
TM-20. Public lands within the Swansea Townsite will be classified as limited to designated roads and trails. These designated trails and routes were established under the Swansea Historic District Cultural Resource Management Plan (Bureau of Land Management 1997c) (see Map 31).
TM-21. Individual designated routes within the four areas listed above may be revaluated in the TMP, only if it can be shown that sensitive resources or unique recreational opportunities are impacted by the earlier designations.
TM-22. The 2,602 acres in the Crossroads and Copper Basin OHV areas will remain designated open to intensive OHV use. The Recreation Project Plan for the Parker Strip Off-Highway Vehicle Area and Routes was completed in 1996, and no changes in management are proposed (Bureau of Land Management 1996).
TM-23. Approximately 602 acres identified as resource protection sites in previous implementation documents (including activity level plans or NEPA actions) will be designated Closed (see Map 31). (Note: Sites smaller than 5 acres are not shown.)
TM-24. Standard Wash and Shea Road/Osborne Wash RMZs will be allocated "Open" following compliance with NHPA and the Endangered Species Act and the successful resolution of adverse effects to historic properties and threatened and endangered species. Until these consultations are completed in these two RMZs, travel will remain restricted to existing roads and trails.
TM-25. The Southern bluff RMZ above the Colorado River in the Colorado River Nature Center SRMA will be limited to authorized users for motorized vehicles.
TM-26. Within Lake Havasu Aubrey Hills area, motorized use will be limited to authorized users. See Map 31 and Biological Resources.)
TM-27. Approximately 5,023 acres identified as protection sites in previous plans would be designated as "limited" and the specific concerns for these areas will be identified as evaluation criteria and addressed through the route evaluation and designation process.
TM-28. To maintain the natural landscape in lands managed for maintaining wilderness characteristics, vehicles will be limited to existing routes until the route designation process is complete. Each route will be evaluated on individual merit and designated open, limited, or closed. Non-motorized access may include development of some trails or, to minimize disturbance of the ground surface, be limited to marking foot routes with posts.
TM-29. The BLM will require permittees (e.g., for hunting, wood gathering, livestock operators) to comply with field office route designations. Exceptions may be authorized on a case-by-case basis.
TM-30. Impacts of motorized activity (except for authorized vehicles) will be evaluated and the areas converted to limited to administrative access to motorized vehicles within 0.25 mile of any spring. If necessary to maintain access, a new route may be established.
TM-31. Specific routes or portions of specific routes through WHAs established for special status species may be closed to vehicular traffic (except for administrative use) during the seasons when the habitats are being used and will be addressed during the route designation process.
TM-32. No new permanent motorized routes will be authorized in lands managed to maintain wilderness characteristics, except those required by law.
TM-33. Upon completion of the TMP process, the route network will be limited to designated roads, primitive roads, and trails. Upon completion of each TMP, a map will be published showing the status, maintenance intensity, and other relevant information for all roads, primitive roads, and trails within each respective Travel Management Area.
TM-34. The BLM will not develop, endorse, or establish route or trail ratings. The BLM may describe physical characteristics of a route.
TM-35. Proposals for new roads, routes, or trails (including but not limited to ROWs and/or administrative needs) will be evaluated and the route designated in conjunction with the NEPA process (see Appendix L).
TM-36. Use of authorized ROWs will be managed for public access and through the TMPs designated either open or limited.
TM-37. On BLM published maps, areas designated as limited to authorized users will be shown as closed to general motorized use.
TM-38. All rockcrawling activities will be limited to locations away from special status species. This will be a consideration in the Route Evaluation Process.
TM-39. Prior to completing the TMP and route designation process, any vehicle routes not represented on the route inventory maps will be subject to restoration actions as described in Administrative Actions and Standard Operating Procedures, Appendix B. After site-specific cultural and wildlife clearances are accomplished, the restoration action could be completed without further NEPA or public notice.
TM-40. Through the route designation process, the BLM will decrease Bill Williams River vehicle access crossings to two sites downstream of Alamo Dam. The BLM will continue working with landowners to provide non-motorized access to the river.