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Grand Junction Field Office Travel Management Planning

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Travel Management Planning Background Information

The BLM conducted a comprehensive outreach effort to engage the public in the development of a defined travel management plan. The GJFO held three travel management specific scoping periods to allow the public to comment on general travel management allocations and site specific route designation. The last comment period closed in August 2013. 

The information gathered during the comment periods helped inform the route designation process that was completed and will help guide management of the roads and trails in the planning area for the next two decades, which includes which roads and trails are designated as open, limited, or closed, and also includes the designation of roads and trails for different types of travel.
BLM staff carefully analyzed all comments received on the draft Travel Mangement Plan and incorporated those comments into the Proposed Travel Plan. The field office staff worked closely with all of our Cooperating Agencies and revisited the 30,000+ route segments along side the public comments that were received. 

The travel management plan incorporates the overall motorized and non-motorized commercial, administrative and recreational access to the planning area while protecting sensitive resources in accordance with statutory requirements.  To achieve these goals, a balanced travel and transportation system consisting of designated routes was created. 

The BLM’s Travel Management Plan addresses different types of travel on BLM lands, ranging from hiking and horseback riding to motorcycles and off-highway vehicles.  It addresses which routes should be open to certain uses, which should be closed, and whether new routes should be developed.

The Planning Process

The BLM must comply with a myriad of federal and state laws and regulations, as well as case law established by court decisions.  Just a few of the many federal laws and regulations with which agencies must comply include:

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Wilderness Act
  • National Historic Preservation Act
  • Antiquities Act of 1906, including Monument Proclamations
  • Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Taylor Grazing Act
  • Mining Act of 1872 (and subsequent mining acts)
  • Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) for the BLM
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
  • Public Land Health Standards 

“We want to know what the users of our roads and trails think so that we can create a more manageable and sustainable system that ensures safety and access to areas the public is interested in,” said Field Manager Catherine Robertson (now retired). “Our goal is to manage the roads and trails system so that the public can access popular areas, scenic areas, and areas of historical and cultural interest while minimizing resource damage.”

In complying with these requirements as part of travel management planning, the BLM identified "designations" for both areas and routes.  These designations fall into the categories of "open", "closed" or "limited".

Route and area designations help us meet area-specific management goals and provide the public with a greater understanding of the areas and routes upon which they may freely travel, the areas and routes where their access may be limited or restricted, and the reasoning for these designations.  

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