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History and Comment Guidance
Comprehensive  Travel and Transportation Management Plan
The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 directs BLM’s Boise District Office (BDO) to complete a Comprehensive Travel and Transportation Management Plan for public lands in Owyhee County.  To accomplish this task, the BDO has separated the county into five subregions: Canyonlands East, Canyonlands West, National Conservation Area (NCA), Grand View, and Silver City.  All subregions were part of the inventory efforts started in 2004 and completed in 2012 through public involvement and BLM validation.  In 2013, the BLM started evaluating each route segment in detail, including how and when the route is used, what the route provides access to, and how the route interacts with important natural or cultural resources.  This route evaluation has been completed and enabled the BLM to develop three alternatives to consider for the NCA (Owyhee County only) and Canyonlands East subregions.  The completion of these route evaluations now sets the stage for public scoping, environmental analysis, and finally the designation of routes.  The Environmental Analysis (EA) will assess about 1,390 miles of routes and trails in the Canyonlands East subregion within the Bruneau Field Office and 292 miles in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey NCA.  The BLM will issue a decision in summer of 2016 and encourages your involvement during public scoping.

What is a Comprehensive Travel and Transportation Management Plan?
A comprehensive travel and transportation management plan is a wide-ranging analysis considering the access needs of all public land users. Access needs are evaluated in conjunction with the BLM’s legal mandate to protect natural and cultural resources on public lands. Individual route evaluations and designations that are included in the Comprehensive Travel and Transportation Management Plan will be analyzed in the EA. Based on this analysis; every route on BLM-managed lands will receive one of the following designations:
•    Open: Route is open for use by the public.
•    Limited: Travel on this route is limited to the public in some form (seasonal restriction administrative access, vehicle width restriction, non-motorized use, etc.).
•    Closed: Route is closed to one or more uses.

The BLM has developed three action alternatives for these two applicable subregions, briefly defined as:
•    Alternative B - designed to provide maximum protection to the natural and cultural resources in the area while still providing reasonable access.
•    Alternative C - a blend of Alternatives B & D designed to balance the need for access with the natural and cultural resources in the area.
•    Alternative D - designed to provide maximum access to the area while providing reasonable protection to important natural and cultural resources.

Who are public lands users?
Travel management planning takes a comprehensive look at the access needs of a wide array of public land users.  Starting in 2011, the BLM has been working with the Shoshone-Paiute and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Owyhee County, permittees, and many other organizations.    Generally, the land users fall within the following major categories:
Recreational Users
This is the largest public lands user group. It includes both motorized and non-motorized users. Motorized users include full-size 4WD enthusiasts, ATV/UTV riders, and off-road motorcyclists. Non-motorized users include equestrians, mountain bikers, hikers, hunters, and rock climbers.

Commercial Users
This user group depends on access to public lands for their livelihood. It includes oil and gas companies, mining companies, livestock grazing permittees, commercial seed harvesters, and outfitters.  This user group participates in either or both forms of motorized and non-motorized recreation.

Competitive and Organized Group Events
A wide variety of competitive and group events take place on public lands every year and participants include both recreational and/or commercial users.  The BLM issues permits: off-road motorcycle races, 4WD group events, mountain bike races, running and adventure races, weddings, and family reunions.

Administrative Users
This is a diverse user group, consisting of municipal and county governments, ranchers, power companies, utility companies, and individuals with valid existing rights. They require access in order to maintain utilities/facilities support permitted operations or that are within public lands rights-of-way.

How can I provide input?
You can provide input to the travel management planning process in a variety of ways. Here’s how:
1. Attend a public meeting
2. Email your comments to: oma_trans_wild@blm.gov
3. Delivering or mailing them to:  
Boise District, BLM
Transportation Planning
3948 Development Ave.
Boise, ID 83705

Provide your Comments by January 15, 2015
1.    Take a close look at the route network maps available and displayed by the four draft alternatives:
Alternative A - existing situation alternative;
Alternative B - minimum route network;
Alternative C - balanced network alternative; and
Alternative D - maximum route network alternative.   
2.    Consider the three options available for route designations:
1.    Open - open to all uses, users, and year around;
2.    Limited -limited to certain types of users such as an administrative use route, or seasonal limits, or types of uses allowed on a route limits); and
3.    Closed -closed to all uses and users  
3.    Your comments and input should be focused on the draft alternatives as a system or route networks.  Each draft alternative is intended to feasibly meet all known uses in the area by providing reasonable access to private property, valid existing rights, State land, military, and a variety of public uses or recreation.  

Your input will help BLM draft a comprehensive travel management plan that provides opportunities for users to access and enjoy their public lands while ensuring natural and cultural resources are protected.  When viewing the alternative route networks, how would your experience or use of public lands be impacted or benefit if an alternative were selected?  Are there opportunities for a small change to a draft route network alternative route designation (a change to a proposed route designation of open, limited, or closed) provide an important benefit to either resource protection, improved access, or recreational opportunity?   Please be specific on how a draft route designation (list the route # or #s) in which alternative you think should be changed and why, what, or who would benefit.

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