BLM seeks input on proposed Travel Management Plan in Arizona
SAFFORD, Ariz. – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on an environmental review for a proposed travel management plan covering 951,842 acres of BLM-managed public lands in the Gila-San Simon areas.
The proposed plan would designate routes for motorized and non-motorized travel, establish maintenance guidelines, and identify use restrictions to protect resources and public safety. The proposal would maintain access for multiple uses, including off-highway vehicle use, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, bicycling, and camping.
“The Safford area is experiencing increased demand for outdoor recreation,” said acting Safford Field Manager Amelia Taylor. “It’s important for BLM to conduct comprehensive planning to enable a variety of public land uses while conserving the outdoor environment for future generations to enjoy.”
The public comment period begins on Nov. 16 and closes Dec. 23, 2023. Interested parties may view the StoryMap for an interactive map and an overview of the project, as well as review the draft environmental assessment and submit comments online at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/88963/510. Comments can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to BLM Safford Field Office, ATTN: Gila-San Simon TMP, 711 S. 14th Ave., Safford, AZ 85546.
BLM will host a public meeting on November 29, from 5-7 p.m. MST, at the Graham County General Services Building at 921 W Thatcher Blvd., Safford, AZ, 85546. Those who cannot attend in person can participate via Zoom. Participants will need to use passcode 710615 to join the meeting.
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.