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Release Date: 04/07/14
Contacts: Shannon Borders, Public Affairs Specialist, 970-240-5399    

BLM seeks comments on the Norwood-Burn Canyon Comprehensive Travel Management Plan

NORWOOD, Colo. - The Bureau of Land Management’s Uncompahgre Field Office is seeking public comments on the preliminary Norwood-Burn Canyon Comprehensive Travel Management Plan Environmental Assessment.  The preliminary EA analyzes four alternatives for an inter-connecting trail system on about 9,850 acres of public land managed by the BLM about three miles west of Norwood, Colo.

“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 preliminary 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.”

Alternatives were developed considering the existing off-highway vehicle designations and conditions on the ground such as impacts to sensitive resources, public input, existing recreational uses, route condition and administrative access. The proposed action in the preliminary EA would modify the travel system from about 35 miles of routes to include more than 40 miles of motorized and non-motorized routes.  About 17 miles of existing trails would be closed and rerouted as needed to preserve natural resources and prevent erosion.

To review the environmental documents and maps associated with the preliminary EA, go to  Written comments should be submitted by Tuesday, May 6, to the Uncompahgre Field Office, Attn: Norwood-Burn Canyon Travel Management, 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.

Last updated: 04-07-2014