Travel Management Planning Process

The BLM conducted a comprehensive outreach effort to engage interested and affected publics in the development of defined travel management networks for the RMP throughout the summer of 2008. The BLM LUP Handbook (H-1601-1) contains updated guidance on the need to complete a defined travel management network during the development of the land use plan, to the extent practical.


Trails and Routes Data Collection Workshops

Trails and Routes Data Collection Workshops were held in 2008 as follows:

Dates

Town

Address

June 12

El Jebel

Community Center
0020 Eagle County Dr.

June 13

Gypsum

Town Hall - Council Chambers
50 Lundgren Blvd.

June 14

Rifle

Rifle Fire Protection District - Station 1
1850 Railroad Ave.

June 26

Granby

Granby Community Center
129 3rd St.

June 27

Walden

Wattenburg Center
686 County Road 42

June 28

Kremmling

Chamber Bldg
203 Park Ave

 

Workshop Maps & Comments

Following the workshops, Colorado River Valley and Kremmling Field Office workshop maps were made available on this website and a comment form was provided to return comments to each field office.  Comments were due by July 20, 2008.  Received comments were used to help develop proposed travel networks in support of field office resource management program goals and objectives for the various RMP alternatives, as explained below in Travel Management Q&As.

 

Travel Management Planning Q&As

What is Comprehensive Travel Management Planning? Comprehensive travel management is the proactive planning and on-the-ground management of road and trail travel networks. It addresses all resource aspects (recreational, traditional, casual, agricultural, industrial, educational, cultural, etc.) and accompanying modes and conditions of travel on the public lands, including motorized, mechanized, and muscle-powered uses.

What is Colorado BLM’s Off-Highway Vehicle Policy? Both Executive Order 11644 and the Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR Part 8340) require BLM to designate all public lands as open, closed or limited for OHV use.  It is now Colorado BLM policy (CO-IM-2007-20) to restrict all OHV use within limited areas to designated routes.  So instead of designating areas as limited to existing routes, the field offices will be tasked with identifying specific route designations along with the accompanying modes of travel as part of the resource management plan (RMP) revisions. 

There will be no motorized cross-country travel except in areas designated as “open”. Open areas will be limited to a size that can be realistically managed and geographically identifiable but large enough in size to offer a high quality motorized riding/driving opportunity for participants.

How is comprehensive travel planning used in conjunction with the RMP revisions?  Travel route designations for motorized, mechanized and muscle-powered uses accompany each RMP planning alternative in the environmental impact statement (EIS).   The BLM will: 1) develop appropriate travel route proposals to meet the goals and objectives of each alternative and 2) analyze the impacts of designating these travel systems. 

What was the goal of the travel planning workshops?  At the travel planning workshops, interested stakeholders were provided the opportunity to review BLM’s inventory of existing motorized, mechanized and non-motorized travel routes for accuracy and completeness.  General comments on travel routes/networks were also accepted.

How did the BLM use the publics input and comments? The BLM used the remainder of the summer of 2008 to ground truth any travel route inconsistencies that arose from the workshops or public comment period following the workshops.  By September of 2008, the BLM had a comprehensive and updated travel database because of suggestions made at the travel workshops and the public comments. 

When will the public get to comment on the travel system alternatives? The Draft RMP/Draft EIS is tentatively scheduled to be made available for public review and comment during the winter 0f 2010/2011.  Following the formal Notice of Availability (NOA), the public will have a 90-day comment period to comment on the Draft RMP/Draft EIS, including the associated travel management alternatives.