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Which alternative is BLM choosing?
The BLM has developed a preferred alternative based on public comments and moderated by BLM regulations and directives.  This alternative will be available for review with other management options and the draft Travel Management Plan in the winter of 2017/2018 when environmental analysis is complete.

Where can I find the BLM's travel management policy?
See the link to the BLM Travel Management Program website.  It has information on the BLM's Comprehensive Travel and Transportation Management (CTTM) Program  http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/Recreation/recreation_national/travel_management.html

Additional information can be found on the LINKS TAB which has links to online versions of the BLM Travel Mangement Manual and Handbook.
For travel management in the BLM HiLine District and the BLM Montana/Dakotas Region, there are links to the HiLine Resource Management Plan (2015) and the Off-Highway Vehicle EIS for the Montana/Dakotas (2003).


How do I make a comment using the Comment Form?
First, download and save the comment form to your computer. 
Then, depending on your software you will have to either
    - Print out a hard copy and fill it out; OR
    - Open with something that allows you to edit .pdfs, edit the .pdf and save it, or edit the .pdf and print it out. 
Lastly, send the completed form to an address in Contact Information, either as an email attachment or in regular mail.

How does closing a route or an area affect fighting fires and other emergency actions?
Exceptions to OHV restrictions are granted for the following activities:
Travel for military needs, fire suppression, search and rescue or law enforcement emergency vehicles is allowed.
BLM and Forest Service permittees may travel cross-country for the administration of their permits.
OHV users may drive cross-country to campsites within 300 feet of existing road and trails after locating their campsite in a non-motorized fashion.

Why Travel Management Planning?
Travel management planning is a powerful management tool that crosses all disciplines and helps the BLM to meet its mission to protect resources for the use and the enjoyment of present and future generations. 

The BLM, HiLine District Office completed its HiLine Resource Management Plan in 2015, and identified areas for travel management planning.  The Little Rocky Mountains is identified in the resource management plan as a high priority area with many uses and many special resources that can be managed, in part, through a travel management plan.  In 2003, a regionwide OHV Environmental Impact Statement was completed with the understanding that site-specific travel management plans would replace the blanket management it prescribed.  Moreover, Washington has directed and mandated that travel management planning will be completed within five years of completing a resource management plan, so travel management plans must be completed for all of the HiLine public lands by the end of 2020.

What do ACEC and CERCLA stand for?
ACEC means an area that BLM has determined needs management beyond the normal management for the area.  Literally, it stands for Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
The Little Rockies TMP has 2 ACECs:  The Zortman/Landusky Mine Reclamation ACEC requires additional management for health and human safety until reclamation is complete.
The Azure Cave ACEC requires special management for wildlife since it is the northernmost bat hibernaculum in the lower 48 states. 

CERCLA references a law that provides the basis for hazardous material clean-up efforts by the Department of Environmental Quality. The Zortman/Landusky Mine reclamation is a CERCLA site.
Literally, CERCLA stands for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended, (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.).  And, U.S.C. stands for United States Code, our federal body of law.

Is having fun doing an activity in a specific location a good reason to include both in a comment?
Yes, in fact "enjoyment" is mentioned in the BLM Mission Statement:  The statement says the BLM Mission  is "to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment [emphasis added] of present and future generations."