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Resource Management Plan: Travel management
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is the process of planning for and managing access and transportation systems on public land. The BLM's travel management program supports all the different resource program goals and objectives by providing administrative access and recreational opportunities while at the same time minimizing impacts to other resources.  For the D-E NCA, travel management is concurrent with the development of the resource management plan.

Note: In response to questions from the public, the travel fact sheet has been updated to more clearly identify routes that have a known problem (e.g., soil erosion, impact to an archaeological site) but that still have long-term value as part of the travel system. Under the current proposal, those routes would be initially closed and then reopened once the concerns had been addressed. The original fact sheet summed open routes and temporary closures, while this fact sheet shows both the total open routes as well as the miles proposed for this approach.

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    What types of travel management decisions are under consideration?
 

There are two types of travel management decisions considered in the draft RMP for the D-E NCA:

  • Area decisions determine which areas are either closed to certain travel uses or limited to travel only on routes designated for the different types of travel. Area decisions will tend to remain unchanged throughout the life of the resource management plan.
  • Route decisions determine which individual routes within an area are open for different types of travel. Route decisions can change as needed throughout the life of the plan to support different resource objectives.
 
    Where do I find travel management decisions in the draft RMP?
 
Travel management decisions are found in two places in the draft RMP:
  • The Alternatives Matrix in Chapter 2
  • Appendix N: Comprehensive Travel and Transportation Management Plan 
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    What are the steps in the travel management decision-making process?
 

1.  Public review of the BLM inventory data:  First, we asked the public to review our inventory to ensure its accuracy.  Second, we asked which routes are important to the public and why.

2.  Finalizing the route inventory:  Following the public meetings, the BLM reviewed comments, ground truthed routes identified by the public, and finalized the inventory.

3.  Development of alternatives:  The BLM developed a range of alternatives for all natural, biological, and cultural resources; resource uses; and special designations for the draft Resource Management Plan.

4.  Travel management alternatives:  After the resource alternatives were drafted, the BLM developed travel and transportation alternatives based on the resource objectives in the different alternatives and on public comment.   

5.  Draft RMP public comment period: The BLM released its alternatives for travel management concurrent with the release of its draft RMP. The public has 90 days after the release to comment on the plan and travel management.

6.  Revisions for the proposed RMP: During this stage, the BLM will use the public comments received during step 5.


For further information, contact the Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Junction Field Office: 

Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area
Bureau of Land Management
2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506
Phone: (970) 244-3000
Fax: (970) 244-3083