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Overview
NEW!!  Link to the BLM's Comprehensive Travel & Transportation Management (CTTM) Program  
See: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/Recreation/recreation_national/travel_management.html
 


NOTE: THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PROVIDED COMMMENTS DURING THIS PRIMARY COMMENT PERIOD.
Review and incorporation of substantive comments will move the environmental assessment (EA) completion date to winter 2017/2018.


The BLM, HiLine District, Malta Field Office is interested in what you have to say about how you use public lands in the Little Rockies and what you love about the area to help them develop a site-specific Travel Management Plan.  The Travel Management Plan will look at both motorized and non-motorized uses.  The BLM needs your ideas on specific roads and trails on public lands regarding motorized vehicle, off-highway vehicle, snowmobile, horse-back riding, trail biking, hiking, and other transportation uses.  The BLM also needs your ideas on what you love and what you'd like to see in the area.  For example, the wildlife, the mountains, a parking area, or unloading ramp.

OVERVIEW:The Little Rockies travel management area is an estimated 27,700 acres of BLM lands located in the Little Rocky Mountains, south of and adjacent to Fort Belknap Reservation, in Phillips County, Montana.  The entire area includes an estimated additional 1,900 acres of non-federal lands directly impacted by the travel routes on BLM lands.  An estimated 124 road miles are present on public lands.  BLM management decisions are solely for routes present on public lands.

The travel management plan will identify areas for motorized and non-motorized travel to provide public and administrative access and to provide opportunities for a variety of recreation experiences while protecting resources, minimizing conflicts of use, and providing for the safety of all users.  The Little Rockies is a special recreation management area (SRMA) providing experiences ranging from ATV riding to primitive back country experiences.  A variety of other uses, special management concerns, and natural resources are also found in the Little Rockies.


 
 
 
 
The preferred action and draft Travel Management Plan will be available on this website for public comment in winter 2017/2018 once the environmental analysis (EA) is completed.  The BLM's planning process involves providing the Field Office Manager with sufficient background data to make an informed decision for management of individual routes. The final Travel Mangement Plan will be a product of public comment and BLM directives.  Though most helpful at certain stages of project development, comments will be accepted at any time during the planning process. 

Comments that identify specific routes and the desired use of the routes are the most helpful.  Also helpful are comments that specify the type of natural experience in the specific area that you want to use. 
For example, "I enjoy riding my motorbike up to Q Mountain using the trail that starts at X and runs up the gulch to the northeast before coming out on the bench and then camping where I can see the stars.  I've drawn a sketch of the trail with landmarks, so you know where I'm talking about."  Or, "There's a lot of erosion on the trail that starts at A and runs over to B (I marked these on the map.)  I'd like to see some erosion controls to reduce the rutting."


To be considered, all comments must contain the name and address of the submitter.  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.

Comments may be submitted by email or by regular mail to:
Kirsten Boyle, Project Lead
email: kboyle@blm.gov
OR
mail address: BLM, Havre Field Office
                      RE:  Little Rockies TMP
                      3990 Hwy 2 W
                      Havre, MT 59501