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Uncompahgre Field Office

  

UNCOMPAHGRE FIELD OFFICE

Travel Management

 

 

Dirt Bike 

Dry Creek Route Closure Sign

 
 

UFO NEPA

DRY CREEK TMP

UFO HOMEPAGE

SEASONAL CLOSURES

UFO TMP

RECREATION

Travel and transportation routes play an integral role in virtually every activity that occurs on BLM-administered public lands within the UFO.  Recreation, management of livestock, wildlife, and commodity resources, rights-of-way, access to private inholdings, and the day-to-day management, maintenance, and monitoring of the UFO all rely on effective travel management planning.


 

SEASONAL ROUTE CLOSURES

 
 

RIDGWAY COMPREHENSIVE

TRAVEL MANAGEMENT PLAN

UFO NEPA 2011-11

 

On May 10, 2013, the Uncompahgre Field Office released the Final Environmental Assessment and Decision Record for the Ridgway Comprehensive Travel Management Plan.

 
 

FINAL DOCUMENTS

 

Release Letter

Final Environmental Assessment

Decision Record

Finding of No Significant Impact

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Ridgway Trail Rehab WorkRidgway Trail Rehab Work

 

PRELIMINARY DOCUMENTS

 

Preliminary Environmental Assessment

First Public Comment Period Documents (Closed 5/18/2012)


 

NORWOOD-BURN CANYON

COMPREHENSIVE

TRAVEL MANAGEMENT PLAN

UFO NEPA 2012-19

Final Decision issued 11/14/2014

The UFO analyzed route-by-route designations for roads and trails located on 9,852 acres of BLM land approximately three to four miles west of Norwood, CO in response to an expression of interest from Norwood Park and Recreation District, as well as citizens from the Town of Norwood and surrounding communities, for an inter-connecting trail system and increased recreational opportunities.

The parties identified the need for a designated route system offering opportunities for both motorized and non-motorized trail users.

 

The final decision and additional details about the project can be found in the following documents:

Help Preserve OHV Opportunities in the Elephant Skin Area! 3.8MB

CURRENT TRAVEL

MANAGEMENT PLANS

Dry Creek Travel Management Plan

Uncompahgre Field Office Travel Management Plan 

 OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES


 
A VITAL LINK FOR MANY

Motorized travel in the UFO ranges from standard passenger vehicles driving on maintained roads to off-highway vehicles (OHVs) operating on primitive roads and trails.  OHVs include off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, utility terrain vehicles, jeeps, specialized 4x4 trucks, and snowmobiles.  Mountain bikes are the predominant mechanized vehicle, while other modes of travel include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, pack animal driving, hiking, boating, hang-gliding, paragliding, ballooning, and wheelchairs.

 

OHV Area Designations

The BLM designates areas within the UFO as open, limited to existing roads and trails, limited to designated roads and trails, and closed to motorized use.  Approximately 54% of the planning area for the Uncompahgre Resource Management Plan is designated as open to motorized use, while 46% is limited to existing or designated roads and trails, or has additional restrictions such as seasonal closures.

 

Current Travel Picture

Within the Uncompahgre Field Office, factors influencing travel management planning include:

·         Lack of comprehensive travel management planning that considers the relationships between various resources, authorized access, and recreation uses.

·         Historic routes that predate planning for recreational opportunities.

·         Unauthorized uses (including user-created routes) emanating from existing routes and causing impacts to other resources.

·         Subdivision of private property resulting in the creation of new access points to public lands.

·         Routes/areas that are open to motorized use, but are accessible only to adjacent landowners.

·         Conflicts between recreational users.



Barbara Sharrow, Field Manager

bsharrow@blm.gov

2465 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO  81401
Phone: (970) 240-5300  |  TDD (970) 240-5366  |  FAX (970) 240-5367
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Click on the address above for a map showing the location of the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office administrative headquarters.