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News.bytes Extra, issue 493

Putting it on the Map!

A pocket-sized guide detailing designated routes of travel in Eastern Imperial County is now available to the public from the BLM’s El Centro Field Office.   The “Routes of Travel for Eastern Imperial County” map complements the Northern and Eastern Colorado (NECO) Desert Management Plan. Production of the map culminates work that began in 2009, and provides visitors an overview of the varied recreational opportunities this area has to offer.

In October 2009 four Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns spent 14 weeks identifying designated routes of travel to ensure they were signed with the correct route number.  The interns covered 733 miles ground-truthing and signing 320 routes, and when they were through pounding the last post into the ground, the information they gathered helped create the new map.  The map was made available to the public in May 2011, and is popular among public land users in Eastern Imperial County.

Rehabilitation work to restore the desert of illegal routes of travel in this area should begin in December 2011.  This type of work erases all trace of illegal routes, helping visitors stay on course.  “Straying off route can lead to trouble,” says Project Lead John Johnson, “Abandoned mines and unexpected vehicle breakdowns are all good reasons to stay on the designated routes.”  Off-road travel within this limited use area is restricted to designated routes only.

For more information on how to obtain an “Eastern Imperial County Routes of Travel” map, please contact the El Centro Field Office at 760-337-4400.

Funding for this project was in part from a California OHMVR grant in 2009.

a four-wheel drive vehicle navigates a gully on the cover of the map, "BLM routes of travel for eastern Imperial County, California"
Front cover of the route map, a pocket sized guide to off-road travel.

an off-highway vehicle travels on a flat stretch of designated route
Travel in the limited use area is restricted to designated routes only.  Photo: BLM

- Joya Szalwinski, interpretive park ranger, BLM El Centro Field Office, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, 8/8/11

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Last updated: 08-18-2011