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TRAVEL MANAGEMENT PLANNING

The Kremmling Field Office will be soliciting public participation in continuing its travel management planning efforts in 2006 and beyond over a 2-3 year period. The plan will focus on developing a road and trail network for approximately 398,000 acres of public lands in Grand, Jackson, Larimer, Summit, and Eagle counties.

Your participation is vital to our management efforts and will help us greatly with this important effort.  The BLM recognizes the importance of effective communication among all parties to develop any workable plan.  The Travel Management Plan will address both motorized and non-motorized uses and will be used to determine Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Designations for roads, trails and areas.

Present Need

  •     Existing designations out of date with current uses
  •     Road and Trail designations were not established
  •     Planning required to meet Standards for Public Land Health
  •     Resource Advisory Councils recommending local Travel Management Planning
  •     OHV registration grant funding requires approved NEPA to receive dollars
  •     Improve visitor information and education
  •     Reduce resource impacts and user conflicts

Current Off-Road Vehicle Designations

2005  Wolford Mountian Project Area Plan (North of Kremmling), signed January 24, 2005

Area is Limited to Designated Roads and Trails
Snowmobiles are restricted to designated routes only 

1988 Kremmling Resource Area Off-Road Vehicle Implementation Plan, September 1988

Designation     Total Acres     % of Resource Area
  • Open         343,655                     86%
  • Limited        46,340                     12%
  • Closed          8,630                       2%
  • Total Acres: 398,275

Specific ORV Designations

Closed Areas

  • Troublesome Wilderness Study Area 8,250 acres
  • Platte River WSA 30 acres
  • North Park Phacelia Formosula Area of Critical Environmental Concern 310 acres
  • Kremmling Cretaceous Ammonite ACEC 200 acres

Limited Areas

Designated Roads and Trails

  • Hebron Slough (except snowmobiles) 2,840 acres
  • Windy Gap 30 acres
  • Sulphur Gulch 5,200 acres
  • Dice Hill (except snowmobiles) 5,800 acres
Existing Roads and Trails
  • Lawson Ridge 3,360 acres
  • North Sand Hills SRMA 640 acres

Seasonal Limitations

  • Inspiration Point flats- Road closure 12/1 to 4/1 
  • Dice Hill Road # 2750- Road closure 4/15 to 6/1 
  • Black Mountain Road #2757- Road closure 4/15 to 6/1 
  • Grouse Mountain Road # 2758- Road closure 4/1 to 6/15 
  • Smith Mesa Road # 2759- Road closure 4/15 to 6/1 
  • Smith Mesa Road # 2762- Road closure labor day to 6/1 
  • Kinney Creek Road #2755-Road closure 4/15 to 6/1 
  • McQueary Creek Road #2756-Road closure labor day to 6/1
  • Strawberry Creek Road #2751-Road closure 4/15 to 6/1 
  • Hurd Peak Road #2765-Road closure 4/15 - 6/1 
  • Buffalo Peak Road #2507-Road closure 4/15 - 6/1 
  • Buffalo Peak Road #2508-Road closure 4/15 - 6-1 
  • Independence Mountain Road #2503-Road closure 4/15 - 6/1 
  • Independence Mountain Road #2504-Road closure 4/15 -6/1 
  • Three Mile Creek Road #2510-Road closure 10/1 - 6/1 
  • Parson's Draw Road # 2513-Road closure year long 
  • Bull Mountain Road #2505-Road closure 4/15 to 6/1 
  • Owl Mountain Road #2502-Road closure 4/15 to 6/1 
  • Owl Mountain Road #2506-Road closure 4/15 to 6/1

Planning Frame Work

    1.    Scoping - Public Meetings

  • Actions- Notice of Intent
  • Public input thru open houses and community meetings in 2006 and 2007.
  • Written comments submitted.
  • Outcome- Identification of issues, develop planning criteria, areas of concern, and interest groups

    2.    Inventory-

  • Actions- GPS existing routes
  • Develop GIS Maps
  • Condition assessment
  • Outcome- Complete Route Inventory and Information Collection
  • GIS maps
  • Current conditions of existing routes

    3.    Need Assessments-

  • Actions- Determine scope and needs of plan
        A. Resource Management needs (land Health standards) 
        B. Visitor needs 
        C. Resident needs
        D. Administrative needs
        E. System needs
  • Outcome- Assessment of current and future needs for all involved parties
  • Direction for planning effort

    4.    Develop Transportation plan, Environmental Analysis (EA), Alternatives, Public input, and Finalize Plan-

  • Actions- Develop Plan and NEPA documentation
        A. Review public input and develop alternatives
        B. Develop management objectives
        C. Formulate actions to meet land health standards
        D. Make most appropriate OHV designations
        E. Develop implementation plan
        F. Develop and pursue partnerships and funding sources
  • Outcome- Travel Management Plan and NEPA documentation including, implementation strategy, funding alternatives, partnerships etc.

    5.    Amend RMP

  • Actions- Prepare RMP maps, Decision Record, and Federal Register notice.
  • Outcome- RMP revision will incorporate the Travel Management Plan.

    6.    On the Ground Plan Implementation-

  • Actions- Signing, Maps, public education, trail development, maintenance, monitoring, and enforcement.

Public Comments

Public comments are being solicited concerning the development of the road and trail system. Based upon the public comments received, BLM will be developing a proposed road and trail network. 

Written comments can be sent to the Kremmling Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 68 Kremmling, CO 80459 or you may contact the Kremmling Field Office at 970-724-3000.  You may also e-mail your comments to Kremmling Recreation Planners at kfo_webmail@blm.gov  

Comment Form available for download in any of these Formats

Microsoft Word  |  Text

The comment form has four general areas to address concerning Travel Management Planning. You are not limited to commenting on the general areas. They are developed to help focus in on major concerns. Please provide any general comments on the back page. The four general areas Land Use Concerns, Resource Concerns, Management Tools, and Legal Considerations.

A. Land Use Concerns- Providing recreation opportunities that are high quality, have adequate access and are environmentally responsible is part of the BLM's multiple-use mission. How can we best accommodate uses? Consider visitor safety, maintenance, game retrieval, types of uses, adjacent land uses and trespass.

B. Resource Concerns- We must manage and monitor use properly to protect our natural, cultural, and historic resources. What techniques or direction would you suggest we use to better protect these resource no and into the future? Consider such concerns as wildlife, vegetation, soils, water, air, cultural and historic sites, noxious weeds, sound levels, and wildfire potential.

C. Management Tools- BLM uses many approaches in public land management such as education, planning, public participation, partnerships, and law enforcement. These techniques are used to provide environmentally responsible recreation and ensure compliance with management decisions. Consider public involvement, monitoring use and impacts, funding, trail construction and maintenance, mapping and signing, inventories, partnerships, law enforcement, and designations.

D. Legal Considerations- Given the complexities of public land management, BLM recognizes that there are unresolved issues, including legal rights, claims, or assertions on parts of the public lands. As stewards of these lands, we are committed to managing them in an environmentally responsible manner. Legal considerations may be rights-of-ways, easements, and uses reserved for specific uses. What ideas do you have to address these concerns?