BLM initiates transportation and travel management plan |

BLM initiates transportation and travel management plan

The Bureau of Land Management recently announced a public scoping period for travel and transportation management in the White River Field Office.

According to a press release, the White River Field Office is beginning an environmental assessment that would amend its 1997 resource management plan to determine which areas within the 1.5 million-acre field office would be open to cross-country motorized and mechanized use, which would be limited to designated routes, and which would be closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles.

“Our ultimate goal is to identify a comprehensive travel network that balances current and future transportation needs while managing for other resources and uses,” said White River Field Manager Kent Walter.

Once the amendment is complete in 2017, the field office will begin route-by-route analyses in those areas where travel is limited to designated routes.

“Public involvement will play a key part in this travel management planning effort,” Walter said. “During this first opportunity for public involvement, called scoping, we are hoping the public can help us identify issues to be addressed in our analysis.”

The BLM will host public meetings to provide more information and accept written comments Nov. 16 at the White River Field Office in Meeker, 220 E. Market St.; and Nov. 18 in Rangely at the Recreation Center, 611 S. Stanolind Ave. Both meetings run from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The BLM also encourages public comments on the preliminary planning issues and criteria found at Comments should be submitted by Dec. 4.

Comments also may be sent to or by mail to Heather Sauls, BLM White River Field Office, 220 East Market St., Meeker, CO 81641.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, the BLM warns that entire comments — including personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time.

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