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BLM White River Field Office releases travel management designations for public review
The BLM has released the preliminary environmental assessment (EA) detailing alternatives for travel management area designations within the 1.5-million acre White River Field Office (WRFO) in northwestern Colorado for public review and comment. The EA outlines four alternatives designating which areas within the 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.

The preliminary EA is available on the Documents section of this website. We've also provided GIS shapefiles and Google Earth KML files under the Maps/Data section.

The BLM will host a public open house meeting to provide information and take written comments on the preliminary EA from 5-7 p.m. August 15 in Meeker at the Public Library, 490 Main St. Comments need to be received by August 30, 2018. Comments may be sent to blm_co_wrfo_tmp@blm.gov or by mail to Heather Sauls, BLM White River Field Office, 220 East Market St., Meeker, CO 81641.
 
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
 
 
 
 
Background

WRFO's Strategy to Complete Travel Management Planning
There are two levels of decision making in travel management planning. Designation of off-highway vehicle (OHV) areas as “open”, “limited”, or “closed” are land use planning decisions. The designation of individual roads, primitive roads, and trails are implementation decisions tiered to a RMP. The WRFO’s travel management planning strategy is to conduct land use planning and implementation planning as separate steps. In preparation for route-by-route travel management planning, the WRFO has completed an inventory of all routes within the field office. We are also working to amend the travel and transportation management decisions in the 1997 White River Resource Management Plan.

Public Scoping
The BLM initiated scoping for the Travel Management RMPA by publishing a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register and issuing a press release on October 16, 2015. Public meetings were held in Meeker and in Rangely in November 2015. The Northwest Resource Advisory Council’s (NW RAC) Travel Management Subgroup also held a meeting in November 2015 Meeker. The BLM received 119 form letters, 28 unique comment letters from the public (including industry and other organizations), and 5 comment letters from Cooperating Agencies. These scoping comments were used to help identify issues and develop the preliminary alternatives.

Public Review of Preliminary Alternatives
The BLM made the the preliminary alternatives available for public review from August 8, 2016 to September 30, 2016. The preliminary alternatives identified which areas within the 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. A summary of changes made to the alternatives based on this public input can be found in Appendix E of the EA.