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The Bureau of Land Management’s Las Vegas Field Office is developing a travel and recreation implementation plan, consisting of Recreation Area Management Plans (RAMPs) and Comprehensive Transportation and Travel Management plans (CTTM) to identify the actions that are necessary to manage a variety of recreational activities and implement recreation programs throughout the Las Vegas Field Office. The plans will also address transportation and travel issues, including motorized recreation and actions related to route evaluation, permits and use restrictions, fees, and facilities and services in the planning area. The planning area is located in Clark County, Nevada and encompasses approximately 
3.4 million acres of public land. Along with the travel and recreation implementation plan, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be developed to understand the effects of land management actions on public land users and natural resources.

 A RAMP is a document that identifies goals and actions for recreation in a specific area. While the Las Vegas Resource Management Plan provides the overall guidance for recreation, the RAMPs will identify the actions that are necessary to manage a variety of recreational activities and implement recreation programs for each recreation area. CTTM addresses transportation and travel management.

The travel and recreation implementation plan process will identify specific recreation actions and decisions, including: 

  • Route evaluation for individual motorized and non-motorized routes in Travel Management Areas
  • Visitor services and facilities to be provided
  • Locations for competitive races and events 
  • Updates to the Special Recreation Permit process
  • Enforcement and monitoring of recreation activities 
  • Development of educational and interpretive information and materials
  • Use restrictions and fees
  • Potential partnerships
Public involvement is central to the travel and recreation implementation plan process. Throughout the project, stakeholders will have opportunities to participate and share their insights and comments.

This website provides the latest information on the development of the project. As the project progresses, this website will including background documents, maps, meeting announcements, published bulletins, and other documents. 



Project Timeline

Notice of Intent
The travel and recreation implementation plan process begins with a Notice of Intent published in the Federal Register. The Notice of Intent for this project was published on January 28, 2011.

Scoping
The scoping period for the project began with the publication of the Notice of Intent on January 28, 2011 and will last until April 11, 2011.
The purpose of scoping is to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the project and to share any concerns or support they may have for the project. Comments from the public scoping process will be used to help BLM identify issues that should be considered in the travel and recreation implementation plan and EIS, as well as to identify draft alternatives.  In addition, the scoping process helps identify any issues that are not considered significant and can thereby be eliminated from detailed analysis in the plan and EIS. The list of stakeholders and other interested parties is updated and generally expanded during the scoping process.

The Scoping Report for the project will be prepared after the scoping period is closed. Once completed, the scoping report will be available under Documents. Public comments must be provided to the BLM by April 11, 2011 in order to be formally analyzed and included in the Scoping Report and travel and recreation implementation plan. 

Alternatives Development
Once scoping is completed, BLM will begin developing preliminary alternatives for the travel and recreation implementation plan and EIS. After BLM has developed preliminary alternatives, public workshops will be held to review and further refine these alternatives. The final alternatives will be analyzed in the Draft EIS.

Draft EIS 
The BLM prepares a Draft EIS and makes it available to the public. The Draft EIS is distributed to stakeholders and other interested parties for review. The availability of the Draft EIS is announced in the Federal Register through a Notice of Availability (NOA).  Upon completion of public scoping, work will begin on the Draft EIS, including drafting alternatives. An additional round of public meetings will occur once draft alternatives have been formulated.
 

The publication of the NOA in the Federal Register begins the 60-day public comment period for the Draft EIS. The notice includes specific information about the public comment period, including a timeframe, public meetings, where the plan is available, and information about how comments may be submitted. Public meetings willbe held on the Draft EIS.
 

Final EIS
After the public comment period, a Final EIS is prepared. This document includes descriptions of public comments and indicates how the comments were addressed in the Final EIS. An NOA is posted in the Federal Register announcing the completion and availability of the Final EIS. The Final EIS is distributed to stakeholders and other interested parties.
 

Record of Decision
No sooner than 30 days after the Final EIS is published, a Record of Decision is signed and the plan is approved. The Record of Decision describes the BLM’s decision regarding the Proposed Plan.