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BLM Extends Scoping Period for Southwest Idaho Travel Management Plans

BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management has extended the public scoping period for both the Canyonlands West and Grand View Travel Management Plans’ (TMP) environmental analysis through April 21, 2017. This extension is in response to multiple public requests to allow more time for review and to provide feedback about issues to be considered during the environmental analysis.

The BLM encourages the public to use this scoping period to identify issues that influence the  environmental analyses or the range of alternatives to be analyzed. The public will also be given an opportunity to provide comments on the environmental analysis once it has been completed in the fall of 2017 prior to issuing decisions.
 
The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 directs BLM's Boise District Office (BOO) to complete a Comprehensive Travel and Transportation Management Plan for public lands in Owyhee County. To accomplish this task, the BOO has separated the county into five travel management areas: Canyonlands East, Canyonlands West, National Conservation Area (NCA), Grand View, and Silver City. All travel management areas were part of the inventory efforts started in 2004 and completed in 2011 and 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 four alternatives to consider for the Canyonlands West and Grand View travel management areas. 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 approximately 1,300 miles of routes and trails in the Canyonlands West travel management area. The BLM will issue a decision in late 2017 and encourages your involvement during public scoping. 
 
 
 
What is a Comprehensive Travel and Transportation Managment 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 SLM-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: closed.

 
The BLM has developed three action alternatives for these two applicable travel management areas, 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 and is 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.