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Release Date: 05/14/13
Contacts: Shannon Borders, 970-270-5399    

BLM Seeks Comments on Trail Project (05-13-13)

GUNNISON, Colo. - The Bureau of Land Management’s Gunnison Field Office is seeking public comments on an Environmental Assessment for the construction of a wide trail at the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area.  
The proposed trail modifications and new segments create a unique recreational opportunity for people with disabilities to use adaptive (hand-cranked) mountain bikes where none currently exist on lands managed by the Gunnison Field Office.
“Our hope is that disabled individuals can enjoy the same feelings of solitude, independence and fun as other trail users,” said Kristi Murphy, BLM outdoor recreation planner. “This environmental analysis also addresses some sustainable trail issues associated with the Sea of Sage and Broken Shovel Trails.”
The proposed action reroutes most of the Sea of Sage Trail and portions of Broken Shovel Trail with the addition of a connector trail between the two routes.  The tread clearing widths along the route would be between 42 and 44 inches wide making motorized and mechanized single track trail use and mechanized hand cycles allowed on these trails.  Construction for this project could start as early as July 15, 2013. 
A copy of the environmental documents and maps are available online at:  
Written comments must be submitted by Thursday, May 30, to the Bureau of Land Management, Gunnison Field Office, Attn:  Kristi Murphy, 650 South 11th St., Gunnison, CO 81230, by fax to 970-642-4990 or by email to
Before including your address, phone number, email 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: 05-14-2013