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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Casper Field Office
 
Release Date: 03/03/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins 307-261-7603    

BLM Casper Releases Sand Hills Transportation and Travel Management Plan Decision


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office has released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Decision Record (DR) for the Comprehensive Travel and Transportation Management Plan (CTTMP) and environmental assessment (EA) related to the Sand Hills Management Travel Area (TMA) located northeast of Casper, Wyo. in Natrona County.

The Sand Hills TMA encompasses approximately 17,633 aces of BLM-administered lands and is comprised of large stabilized sand dunes and associated vegetation communities. The ecosystem is easily impacted by ground-disturbing activities and requires more intensive management practices to preserve natural resources. The Sand Hills CTTMP establishes travel management guidelines, road and trail designations, maintenance intensity levels, signing of the transportation network, and mitigation for surface-disturbing activities within the TMA.

In general, comprehensive travel and transportation management plans strive to balance transportation needs with resource concerns by creating a designated network of roads and trails while taking into account resource management of sensitive soils and unique vegetative communities. Valid and existing rights and other obligations already established within the TMA will be maintained.

The DR covers two separate management decisions, and both are analyzed in the EA. The associated amendment to the Casper resource management plan expands the current off-highway vehicle (OHV) designation for the Sand Hills MA by 2,460 acres and would only apply to transportation and OHV use.

Printed copies of the document are available for review at:

  • Bureau of Land Management
    Casper Field Office
    2987 Prospector Drive
    Casper, WY 82604

Or online at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/cfodocs/sandhills.html



The BLM manages more land - 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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Last updated: 01-11-2011