October 16, 2006
Contact: Andrew Tkach
Decision Reached On BLM Travel Management Areas
The Bureau Of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office issued a decision that affects motorized travel on the west slope of the Bighorn Mountains which will become effective Nov. 1, 2006. The plan strikes a balance between the need for motorized access, and the need for hunting and recreation that is free of motorized vehicle disturbances.
An open house meeting in March, 2006 sought public input on four alternative travel management proposals for the Upper Nowood and South Brokenback areas (25 miles south, and five miles northeast of Tensleep, Wyo. respectively). Many comments and concerns voiced at the meeting were incorporated in the plan.
The final plan allows motorized travel throughout the BLM land but closes unnecessary spurs and parallel routes, and prohibits trailblazing and travel on wildlife and livestock trails. The intent of the plan is to provide adequate public access with motorized vehicles, while minimizing erosion, noise, and exhaust fumes which degrade air, water, soils, vegetation, and wildlife habitat.
Documents and accompanying maps can be viewed at: www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/wfodocs/sbunmtm/index.htm.