Comment period for trail mapping in Moffat County underway
The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office is asking for community input in crafting its new travel management plan for a portion of its territory.
“This is the chance for the public to truly tell us what they want. If they don’t tell us, we can’t read their mind,” said BLM outdoor recreation planner Dario Archuleta, who is heading the project.
The plan will determine all viable trails and routes in Travel Management Area 1 and designate their use.
The area being inventoried includes parts of Hiawatha, Vermillion Basin, Sand Wash and the Little Bears Ears areas near Craig.
BLM has been inventorying routes in TMA 1 since 2012. Interns and employees alike have been out on all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles surveying trails and recording data.
Now, BLM has prepared four alternatives and is asking for help from the individuals who use those trails on a day-to-day basis.
Alternative B is the plan being presented as the BLM’s preferred alternative and Drew Stoll, who is working as a consultant for BLM, said it is a balance of several factors.
“It’s a balance of resource protection, recreation, range access, et cetera….” he said.
Stoll said if you are unable to look into all four alternatives, Alternative B is the most important one to check out.
Last Thursday, BLM officials hosted an information session from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Center of Craig. Attendees were brought up to speed on the project and given the opportunity to provide feedback on the mapping plan.
Edd Price, Craig resident and owner of the KOA Campground, said he sends customers to trails for recreational activities like off-roading and he appreciated the BLM taking the time to consult the community.
“I’m kind of impressed that these guys are pretty open minded,” he said.
Archuleta said this type of planning is done on a 20-to-30 year cycle so it is important for people to take advantage of the opportunity.
“This is the one time that people are allowed to comment on a process that is important to them,” he said.
The comment period began on Thursday and will conclude 30 days later on July 23.
For more information and provide your comment visit Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St., in Craig, or view resources online at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/lsfo/plans/travel___transportation/unit_1.html
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