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Release Date: 12/12/12
Contacts: Shannon Borders, Public Affairs Specialist, 970-240-5399    

BLM seeks comments on the Ridgway Travel Management Plan Environmental Assessment (12-11-12)

RIDGWAY, Colo. - The Bureau of Land Management’s Uncompahgre Field Office is seeking public comments on the Ridgway Comprehensive Travel Management Plan Environmental Assessment.  The EA analyzes four alternatives for an inter-connecting trail system on public lands managed by the BLM about two miles northeast of Ridgway.

“A Comprehensive Travel Management plan allows us to manage and maintain resources while allowing the public to enjoy the land,” said Barb Sharrow, BLM manager for the Uncompahgre Field Office.  “The EA specifies a designated route system where all forms of travel are limited to routes that are identified on travel maps and posted as routes on the ground.”

The proposed action in the EA would modify the travel system from about 15 miles of routes to include about 19 miles.  Over 12 miles of the routes would be newly designated and about seven miles of existing would be closed.

“While we understand many of the citizens of Ridgway, surrounding communities and local user groups have expressed an interest in the inter-connecting trail system, the project required specific analysis to ensure the Ouray County gravel pit is in compliance with the Mine Safety and Health Administration regulations,” said Sharrow.

The gravel pit is authorized under a BLM Free-use Permit to the county and MSHA requires the area surrounding the gravel pit be closed to all public entry except for authorized personnel. 

To review the environmental documents and maps associated with the EA, go to  Written comments should be submitted by Feb. 1, 2013, to the Uncompahgre Field Office, Attn:  Julie Jackson, 2465 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, CO 81401, or by fax to 970-240-5368.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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: 12-12-2012