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: The travel fact sheet for the Proposed RMP gives a brief overview of the BLM travel management planning process. In response to public comments on the Draft RMP, the BLM has changed route designation criteria to acknowledge that all routes have recreational value. Changes have been made to some individual route designations. The travel fact sheet for the Proposed RMP shows a summary of mileage for individual route designation categories as well as total mileage changes from the Draft RMP to the Proposed RMP.

Information on transportation and travel management can be found in line 528 of the Alternatives Matrix in Chapter 2 of the Proposed RMP and in Appendix N, which contains a complete, comprehensive travel and transportation management plan.

Maps of area designations and route designations are in Appendix R.

For information on the designation of specific routes, and for the BLM's responses to public comments on those routes, click here to go to the route designation page on this website.

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    What types of travel management decisions were considered in the Proposed RMP?

There are two types of travel management decisions that were considered in the Proposed 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 Proposed RMP?
Travel management decisions are found in:
  • 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 in 2013.

6.  Revisions for the Proposed RMP: During this stage, the BLM used public comments received during step 5 to fine tune the Proposed RMP and responded to those comments. The BLM's response to travel management comments may be found here.

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