U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Grand Junction Field Office Travel Management Planning|
Public Comment Period Begins for Grand Junction BLM Roads and Trails (7/17/09)
Travel Management Planning Background Information
The information gathered during these comment periods will help guide management of the roads and trails in the planning area for the next two decades, including which roads and trails are designated open, limited, or closed, including the designation of roads and trails for different types of travel.
BLM staff is currently analyzing all comments received and incorporating those comments into alternatives for the RMP. This process takes time, as there are thousands of routes within the GJFO, and BLM received thousands of comments from members of the public.
The public will be able to comment on proposed travel management alternatives when the draft resource management plan is released in Fall 2012. The Draft RMP will be available for a 90-day public comment period when it is released.
In addition to the formal scoping meetings, the BLM is undertaking a comprehensive outreach effort to engage the public in the development of a defined travel management plan.
The BLM’s Travel Management Plan will address different types of travel on BLM lands, from hiking and horseback riding to motorcycles and off-highway vehicles. It will address which routes should be open to certain uses, which should be closed, and whether new routes should be developed.
The Planning Process
The BLM must comply with a myriad of federal and state laws and regulations, as well as case law established by court decisions. Just a few of the many federal laws and regulations with which agencies must comply include:
In complying with these requirements as part of travel management planning, BLM must identify "designations" for both areas and routes. These designations fall into the categories of "open", "closed" or "limited".
Route and area designations help us meet area-specific management goals and provide the public with a greater understanding of the areas and routes upon which they may freely travel, the areas and routes where their access may be limited or restricted, and the reasoning for these designations.
For more information on BLM RMP Planning
For more information on BLM Travel Management Planning
Trails and Routes Data Collection Period