U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
EMS TRANSMISSION 06/20/2006
Instruction Memorandum No. 2006-173
To: All Assistant Directors and All Field Officials
Attention: Outdoor Recreation Planners, Engineers, Land Use Planners & Surface Protection Specialists
From: Director, Bureau of Land Management
Subject: Implementation of Roads and Trails Terminology Report
Program Areas: Travel and Transportation Management, Off-Highway Vehicle Management, Property, Engineering, Land Use Planning, and Lands and Realty.
Purpose:Toestablish the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policyfor the use of terms and definitions associated with the management of transportation related linear features. This includes the appropriate minimum national data standards and the electronic storage of transportation asset data that will cumulatively serve as a foundation for comprehensive travel and transportation management.
Background: The BLM transportation system represents one of the most critical assets to the accomplishment of the BLM’s mission to manage the public lands. Requirements associated with effective stewardship of public lands such as the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB), Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), and Off-Road Vehicle Executive Orders continue to focus expectations internally and externally on a coordinated, consistent and cohesive approach to the management of transportation related linear features, generically referred to as routes on public lands.
The broad effect of the transportation system across the BLM’s multiple resource missions, strategic goals, and programs makes it essential to have a consistent organizational-wide approach, rooted in common terms and definitions, for the management of public lands.
Policy/Action:The attached Roads and Trails Terminology Report is approved for implementation BLM wide. The use of consistent terminology and definitions within the BLM is a vital first step in the BLM’s efforts to take an integrated “holistic” approach to the management of linear assets. These terms and definitions will serve as the foundation for effectively exchanging management information within and across programs. Standard terms will also allow the BLM to communicate efficiently and consistently during all levels of transportation planning as well as with customers and stakeholders. The following actions will be taken to implement this policy:
1. The standard terms used for defining transportation assets within the BLM will be “roads”, “primitive roads” and “trails”. The terms used to describe the maintenance of transportation related linear features will change from “maintenance levels” to “maintenance intensities”.
2. Required minimum national data standards for all linear features that comprise the BLM’s transportation assets will be institutionalized. The BLM will utilize the Facility Asset Management System (FAMS) as the asset management data base system for the storage of all designated transportation related linear features (roads, primitive roads and trails).
3. The FAMS inventory will serve as the BLM’s current transportation system. Any changes in the BLM’s inventory of designated assets will occur through the land use planning process as either a land use plan or implementation level decision. The BLM will implement a formal approach to identify, track, monitor, prioritize and fund the removal of unwanted transportation linear features.
Time Frame:This policy is effective immediately. Additional guidance will be provided for implementing the actions identified above.
Budget Impact:There is no significant budget impact.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: BLM’s 9100 Series Engineering Manuals, BLM’s Surface Operating Standards and Guidelines for Oil and Gas Exploration and Development “Goldbook” Fourth Edition-2006, BLM’s H-1601 Land Use Planning Handbook, BLM, Manuals 8340, 8341 and 8342, Off-Highway Vehicles.
Coordination: The BLM Washington Office, National Recreation and Visitor Services Division, (WO-250) and the BLM Washington Office National Engineering and Environmental Services, (WO-360) wrote both this IM and the attached Roads and Trails Terminology Report. The report recommendations were prepared by an interdisciplinary team in consultation and coordination with the National Landscape Conservation System staff, Engineering Advisory Team, Recreation and Visitor Services Advisory Team and Travel and Transportation Management Team.
Contact:Should you have any questions concerning this IM, please contactBob Ratcliffe, Chief, Recreation and Visitor Services Division, WO-250 by phone at
(202) 452-5040 or Nancy Dean, Chief, Division of Engineering and Environmental Services, WO-360 by phone at (202) 557-3585.