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Release Date: 07/17/09
Contacts: Erin Curtis, Public Information Officer, (970) 244-3097    

Public Comment Period Begins for Grand Junction BLM Roads and Trails

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — If you use roads or trails on Bureau of Land Management lands managed by the Grand Junction Field Office, then BLM wants to hear from you.

BLM Grand Junction is in the second phase of gathering input from the public to help guide future planning for its road and trail management system. In the first phase, land managers asked the public to help create a comprehensive inventory of the 2,700 miles of roads and trails within the Grand Junction Field Office.

In this second phase, BLM is asking road and trail users to tell them how they use that system of roads and trails, and how the system can be improved for future use.

“We want to know what activities people enjoy, what areas and trails they use, and why those places are important to the users of our roads and trails,” said Field Office Manager Catherine Robertson. “The information will allow us to create a more manageable and sustainable system that is based on what the public wants, and ensures safety and access to areas important to the public. Our goal is to manage the roads and trails so that the public can access popular areas, scenic areas, and areas of historical and cultural interest while minimizing resource damage.”

A public comment form is available on-line for members of the public to describe how they use roads and trails and what they appreciate or want to preserve about the system and the areas accessed.

The form is available at BLM will accept comments through August 21. 

The information gathered during this second phase will help guide management of the roads and trails in the 1.2 million acre field office area for the next two decades, including which roads and trails are designated open, limited, or closed, including the designation of roads and trails for different types of travel. The public will be able to comment on proposed travel management alternatives when the draft resource management plan is released next year.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 07-20-2009