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Canyonlands East Travel Management Area
Public Comment Period 
As a result of the public’s request during scoping efforts for these projects in December 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise District Office (BDO) is beginning a 30-day comment period on November 15, 2016.  This comment period is specific to the comprehensive travel and transportation management plan (TMP) and associated environmental assessment for the Canyonlands East and the Morely Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (South) Travel Management Areas of public lands in Owyhee County.  

The availability of the Environmental Assessments allows you the opportunity to review and provide written comments pertaining to route systems contained in the proposed alternatives. To be considered, comments must be received or postmarked by December 15, 2016.

Copies of the Environmental Assessments can be viewed at the Eastern Owyhee County Library, 520 Boise Avenue, Grand View, Idaho 83624 and at the BLM Boise District Office at 3948 Development Ave, Boise, Idaho, 83705.

Written comments can be provided throughout the comment period:
1.    Email comments to oma_trans_wild@blm.gov, or
2.    Mail comments to the:
        BLM Boise District Office,
        Transportation Planning,
        3948 S. Development Ave.
        Boise, Idaho 83705.

Comments from the public must be emailed or postmarked by December 15, 2016. BLM will review the comments and issue a decision in January 2017.


Owyhee County Travel Management Plan

History - Why We Are Here

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In accordance with requirements of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act (OPLMA) of 2009, the BLM Boise District (BDO) is initiating development of a single Travel Management Plan (TMP) for the portion of Owyhee County located within the BDO. 

Section 1507(a) of the OPLMA states that "…the Secretary shall…prepare 1 or more travel management plans for motorized and mechanized off-highway vehicle recreation for the land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the County." Section 1507(c) of the OPLMA also states that "…the plan shall limit recreational motorized and mechanized off-highway vehicle use to a system of designated roads and trails until a TMP is completed for Owyhee County, Section 1507(d) of the OPLMA restricts all recreational, motorized and mechanized off-highway vehicle use to roads and trails lawfully in existence on the day before the date of enactment of the OPLMA on March 29, 2009.

The decisions from the existing Hemingway, Wilson Creek and Murphy travel plans will be incorporated into this TMP and, therefore, will not be reviewed during this process.


The BLM hosted public scoping meetings in October and November 2010 to provide the public an opportunity to review the route maps that will be used as the basis for developing the final Travel Management Plan (TMP). Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation also sent a letter to registered ATV, OHV, and motorcycle owners in the State, soliciting more input and involvement from their constituents. While these efforts collected information on the location, level, and type of use, the BLM hopes to improve upon our understanding of the issues and concerns the public would like addressed. Please stay involved as we progress through this planning effort.

If you have not yet taken the opportunity to provide information, please refer to our website for downloadable planning maps, instructions on how to comment, and frequently asked questions about this process.  




Owyhee County is located in southwest Idaho and contains approximately 2.8 million acres of BLM-administered public land within the Boise District. The portion of Owyhee County affected by this planning effort is bounded on the west by Oregon, on the south by Nevada and the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, on the north by the Snake River, and on the east by the Bruneau River. Most of the public land in this area occurs in large blocks, with only a few scattered or isolated parcels.

BLM expects to complete route inventory, criteria identification, and alternative development by the end of 2012.  Public scoping of alternatives and public review of a draft plan is slated to begin in early 2013, with a final plan expected to be completed by the end of 2013.