U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
February 12, 2008
In Reply Refer To:
8340, 8341, 8342, 8358, 9100 (250) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 02/19/2008
Instruction Memorandum No. 2008-069
To: All Field Officials
Attn: Outdoor Recreation Planners, Engineers, Land Use Planners, and
National Landscape Conservation System
From: Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
Subject: Addressing National Recreation Trails in the Land Use Planning Process
Program Areas: Special Designations, Land Use Planning, Environmental Assessments, Travel and Transportation Management, and Recreation and Visitor Services.
Purpose: This directive clarifies the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policy for recommending National Recreation Trail (NRT) designations and conducting post-designation review through the land use planning process.
Policy/Action: The BLM will consider recommendations for NRT designation to the Secretary of the Interior, through the land use planning process. Recommendations for these designations are considered “Land Use Plan Decisions” and guide future land management actions and subsequent site specific implementation decisions. Secondly, new NRT designations made by the Secretary not addressed in an existing Resource Management Plan (RMP) will require post-designation review. The following actions will be taken to implement this policy:
Time Frame: This policy is effective immediately.
Budget Impact: No budget impact is anticipated.
Background: The BLM has the opportunity to recommend trails for NRT designation annually by completing a NRT nomination form. These nominations are sent to the National Park Service’s (NPS), NRT Coordinator. The NPS ensures the nominations are of NRT quality, endorses the nominations and sends them on to the Secretary of the Interior who then designates the new NRT’s typically around National Trails Day weekend in June.
In addition, NRT proposals that the BLM recommends to the Secretary of the Interior must satisfy the following interagency criteria:
Directives Affected: Clarifies the BLM’s H-1601 Appendix C, B. 6 Land Use Planning Handbook.
Coordination: The BLM’s National Recreation and Visitor Services Division (WO-250) and the BLM’s National Planning and Science Policy Division (WO-210) coordinated the preparation of this IM. The BLM State Travel Management Coordinators and NLCS advisor were contacted for input on this policy. In addition, the NPS NRT Coordinator reviewed and concurred with this IM.
Contact: Should you have any questions, please contact Bob Ratcliffe, Division Chief, Recreation and Visitor Services, at 202-452-5040, or Mark Goldbach, Senior Outdoor Recreation Specialist, at 202-452-5176.