Two public meetings scheduled for the draft Buckeye Hills Travel Management Plan
PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Lower Sonoran Field Office will hold two public meetings in mid-April to gather public input on the draft Buckeye Hills Travel Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. The documents have been released for public view and input.
The first meeting will be held April 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Buckeye Community Center located at 201 E. Centre Ave., in Buckeye, Ariz. The second meeting will be held April 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Copper Sky Recreation Complex located at 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Maricopa, Ariz.
“The purpose of travel management planning is to ensure the availability of appropriate access to and across public lands for a variety of uses. Public input up to and beyond this point is key to the success of our planning,” said BLM Phoenix District Manger Leon Thomas.
The plan encompasses the communities of Buckeye, Rainbow Valley, Hassayampa and Palo Verde in Pinal and Maricopa counties, covering the Buckeye Hills East and West travel management areas.
At the open house-style meetings, maps of the travel network alternatives will be available for review and BLM staff will be available to answer questions and receive comments.
The 30-day public comment period is from April 9 until May 8.
Stakeholders are encouraged to submit their comments for the record through the BLM online land use planning tool, ePlanning, at the following Internet address: https://go.usa.gov/xnpRt. Written comments may be mailed to the Lower Sonoran Field Office, 21605 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85027, faxed to (623) 580-5580, or emailed to email@example.com.
This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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.