BLM completes Upper Snake East Travel Management Plan in southeastern Idaho


Bureau of Land Management

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Upper Snake Field Office staff have today completed a plan that defines a comprehensive system of routes in southeastern Idaho. The Upper Snake East Travel Management Plan covers approximately 126,000 acres of BLM-managed public land scattered throughout six counties in eastern Idaho and includes designations for approximately 780 miles of inventoried routes. Four alternative travel networks were analyzed in the environmental assessment.

After extensive work with local partners and consideration of public comments, a route network was selected which maintains motorized access to public lands in the planning area, while also supporting working rangelands and minimizing user and resource conflicts. The associated implementation plan provides additional details and includes a process for route designation adjustments. 

 “The Upper Snake East Transportation Management Plan provides a long term and sustainable transportation system that maintains access to public lands, while addressing private property conflicts and natural resource considerations,” said BLM Acting Upper Snake Field Manager Bret Herres

 The BLM provided the public an opportunity to review and comment on alternatives to the plan during an extended comment period from March 30 through July 10, 2023, as well as three public meetings within the same time frame held in Ashton, Driggs and Idaho Falls. The final plan and decision record are available at the BLM National NEPA Register, which includes access to an interactive web map showing transportation routes. For more information, contact the BLM Upper Snake Field Office at 208-524-7500. 


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.