The Bureau of Land Management Billings Field Office is asking the public to comment on a proposed travel management plan for public lands in the Acton Recreation Area. The area is located about 17 miles north of Billings and consists of 3,800 acres.
Recreation opportunities in the area include off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding, hunting, camping, mountain biking, and hiking. Over the past two years there has been an increase in unauthorized OHV use, especially by motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. The use has raised resource concerns and caused damage to valuable cultural properties.
The Acton Recreation Area Travel Management Plan Environmental Assessment considers two alternatives to manage off-highway vehicle travel in the Acton Recreation Area. Under the first alternative, motorized travel would be limited to existing roads and off-road travel violations and other travel related resource concerns would be analyzed and managed on a case-by-case basis. Under the second alternative, which is the proposed action, motorized travel would be allowed on specific routes. Areas with unauthorized use would be closed and reclaimed, and an information kiosk would be installed at the entrance.
The environmental assessment is available on the Billings Field Office web page at: http://www.mt.blm.gov/bifo/index.html
. Written comments will be accepted through May 1, 2007, and should be sent to: Billings Field Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT 59101.