Travel and transportation are an integral part of virtually every activity that occurs on BLM-administered public lands within the LSFO. Recreation, management of livestock, wildlife, and commodity resources, rights-of-way, access to private inholdings, maintenance of electronic sites, and the day-to-day management and monitoring of BLM parcels all rely on effective travel management planning.
Travel management includes all forms of transportation, including travel by foot, horseback, and mechanized vehicles such as bicycles as well as the numerous forms of motorized vehicles from two-wheeled (motorcycles) and four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to cars and trucks.
The LSFO has been broken into areas and an intensive route inventory was begun in 2012. This inventory is being conducted by both on-the-ground observation and GIS analysis of imagery. This inventory is expected to continue through the summer of 2014.
As per the 2011 RMP Revision ROD, "All areas not managed as open, closed, or limited to designated roads and trails (992,780 acres) will be managed as limited to existing roads and trails until road/trail designation is initiated through the transportation planning. Area designations where OHV use is limited to existing routes will only apply until comprehensive transportation planning occurs, at which point OHV use will be limited to designated routes.
Areas limited to existing roads and trails will be prioritized for transportation planning, eventually leading to designation of roads and trails across the entire LSFO (Appendix F). BLM will continue to sign and maintain the existing road system."
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