BLM Seeks Input for Book Cliffs Travel Management Plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published a notice to announce two public meetings related to the development of the Book Cliffs Travel Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (TMP/EA). The planning area is located on BLM public lands south of Vernal, Utah, which are administered by the BLM Vernal Field Office. BLM states that the purpose of the meetings is to provide information and hear public comments and concerns related to the forthcoming TMP. The goal of the TMP is to establish a network of roads for travel and transportation including areas for both motorized and non-motorized uses. It is important that OHV enthusiasts get involved with the TMP development process by attending public meetings and submitting comments!

Meeting Dates and Times

June 7, 6 – 8 p.m., Vernal City Hall, 374 East Main Street, Vernal, Utah

June 8, 6 – 8 p.m., Uintah Basin Applied Technology College (Main Conference Room), 1100 East Lagoon Street, Roosevelt, Utah

BLM states that during the two open house-style meetings, maps of the current and potential travel network will be available for review. At this early stage of the process, public input will help the BLM identify issues and concerns for consideration in developing the TMP. Information or concerns related to specific roads, routes or trails will be most helpful.

Comments

Public scoping is the first part of the planning process. Scoping comments will be accepted June 7-July 7, 2017. A map, comment form and other information are available on BLM’s ePlanning project page. Comments may also be submitted by email to BLM_UT_Vernal_Comments@blm.gov or by mail to BLM-Vernal Field Office, Attn: Book Cliffs Travel Management, 170 South 500 East, Vernal, UT 84078.

Additional Info

BLM Press Release

For further information, please contact Stephanie Howard, Vernal Field Office NEPA Lead, at blm_ut_vernal_comments@blm.gov or at (435) 781-4469.

About ARRA

Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA) was formed to ensure that Americans are not arbitrarily denied the right to responsibly experience and enjoy the public lands that belong to the citizens of the United States. The members of ARRA, which include horseback riders, personal watercraft users, off-highway vehicle and snowmobile riders, and vacationing families, have joined together to provide input on decisions regarding land use designation, recreation opportunities, and preservation. Its members seek responsible consideration of competing activities, which are based on sound environmental principles.

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