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The 2008 Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Record of Decision and Resource Management (CSNM ROD/RMP or land use plan) recognized that management of the transportation network within the monument “must consider the protection of natural resources, including the ‘objects of biological interest’; access for recreation and resource management; access requirements of adjacent landowners; and fire suppression access needs on BLM lands, as well as on adjacent public and private lands.” The RMP also directs the BLM to “maintain a road network within the monument that allows for ecosystem restoration and provides for human access needs."  Specifically the CSNM ROD/RMP acknowledged the need to maintain appropriate access for: resource management and protection, private property owners, wildfire suppression, various recreational activities, law enforcement, and other administrative uses.  The Presidential Proclamation requires the BLM to honor “Valid Existing Rights” within the monument which means that the BLM will provide access to maintain legal infrastructure (i.e. power lines, communication sites, talent irrigation district canals, Pinehurst school, etc.).

The BLM is currently evaluating a range of alternatives for managing the roads and travel routes (i.e. hiking trails, snowmobile routes, etc.) within the portion of the monument analyzed in the 2008 ROD/RMP.  Roads and routes within the Soda Mountain Wilderness and within the areas added to the monument in the expansion in 2017 are not being evaluated at this time.  There are currently over 400 miles of roads in the planning area.  Road densities on average are greater than 4 linear miles per square mile.  In riparian areas, the densities are slightly less but are still higher than 3 linear miles per square mile.  The ROD/RMP analysis found that “road densities throughout the monument are higher than desired to protect the objects of biological interest and support naturally functioning ecosystem processes.”  The completed plan, for this first travel management planning area in the monument, will determine which roads will be left open, be closed and decomissioned, or have the season of use limited, and the means for doing so in accordance with the CSNM land use plan objectives.