U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 02/14/13|
BLM issues the Arkansas River Travel Management Plan Supplementary Rules (02-14-13)
CAÑON CITY, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management’s Royal Gorge Field Office is issuing final supplementary rules for the Arkansas River Travel Management Plan area. The rules were published in the Federal Register on Feb. 13, and become effective March 15.
Travel management plans designate uses and travel routes to protect natural resources while still providing various recreational opportunities. The Federal Register notice addresses decisions made through the ARTMP, which was developed with extensive public participation over a period of two years.
“The BLM worked with many groups to designate areas for a variety of uses, and these rules are the result,” said Kalem Lenard, BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner. “For example, the rules limit mountain bikers to designated routes only. By respecting the rules, the public can enjoy these public lands in a balanced and safe way.”
The ARTMP rules include:
2. 2) Bicycle riding is limited to designated roads and trails marked open to such use by a Bureau of Land Management sign or map.
3. 3) Recreational target shooting is prohibited on all public lands within the Methodist Mountain Area south of Salida (2,314 acres) and the Turkey Rock area near Howard (361 acres). These areas are identified as closed to recreational target shooting by either a BLM sign or map.
4. 4) Operation of a motorized vehicle within the area known as Turkey Rock Trials Area (52 acres) is limited to motorcycles specifically designed for observed trials riding.
5. 5) Motorcycles specifically designed for observed trials riding are prohibited within the Turkey Rock Trials Area after sunset or before sunrise.
Exemptions to these rules include: federal, state, local and military persons acting within their duties; organized rescue or firefighting forces performing their official duties; and individuals holding an existing special-use permit who are operating within the scope of their permit.
In the coming months, the BLM will begin installing signs throughout the area to reflect the travel management rules.
For further information and maps log on to: www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/rgfo/recreation0.html or contact Kalem Lenard, BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner at 719-269-8500.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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|Last updated: 02-14-2013|
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