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Scoping Period Scoping Information Package 2/13/2018-4/13/2018

The Silver City Travel Management Plan (TMP) is now in the document preparation phase. 

The primary contact information is available on the "Contact Information" tab on the left of this page. 
The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 directs BLM’s Boise District Office (BDO) to complete a Comprehensive Travel and Transportation Management Plan for public lands in Owyhee County.  To accomplish this task, the BDO has separated the county into five travel management areas: Canyonlands East, Canyonlands West, National Conservation Area (NCA), Grandview, 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 Silver City travel management area.  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 1,150 miles of routes located on public lands within the Silver City subregion.  The BLM will issue a decision in late 2018 and encourages your involvement during public scoping.
What is a Comprehensive Travel and Transportation Management 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 BLM-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: Route is closed to motorized use.

The BLM has developed four alternatives for the travel management area, briefly defined as:

            Alternative A – No action/existing situation.
            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.