Federal Register: June 9, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 110)
DOCID: FR Doc 03-14448
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Land Management Bureau
CO ID: [CO-200-1220-PA]
ACTION: Resource management plans, etc.:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare the Arkansas River Travel Management Plan and to consider amending the Royal Gorge Resource Management Plan (RMP).
Notice of Intent To Prepare the Arkansas River Travel Management Plan and Amend the Royal Gorge Resource Management Plan
DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process. Comments on
issues and concerns can be submitted in writing to the address listed
below and will be accepted throughout the creation of the Draft RMP
amendment/EA. All public meetings will be announced through the local
news media, newsletters, and the BLM Web site at: http://www.co.blm.gov/ccdo/canon.htm , at least 15 days prior to the event. The
minutes and list of attendees for each meeting will be available to the
public and open for 30 days to any participant who wishes to clarify the views they expressed.
Public Participation: Public meetings will be held during the plan scoping period. Early participation is encouraged and will help determine the future travel management of the public lands involved in this amendment. In addition to the ongoing public participation process, formal opportunities for public participation will be provided through comment upon the publication of the BLM draft RMP amendment, EA, and an unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
This document provides notice that the Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) intends to initiate a comprehensive planning effort to
address OffHighway Vehicle (OHV) travel and other related road and
trail issues for a portion of the Royal Gorge Field Office. The plan,
entitled the Arkansas River Travel Management Plan (TMP), will focus
specifically on those BLM Public Lands that lie between Canon City and
Salida, Colorado, and involves approximately 210,000 acres of Public
Lands located in central and western Fremont County and northern Custer
County, CO. The TMP will amend the Royal Gorge RMP. The TMP and plan
amendment implement decisions made in the Royal Gorge RMP to limit OHV
use to designated roads and trails, and to develop local travel
management plans with public participation. The amendment process will
be used to establish a system of designated roads and trails that meets
the needs of the public and protects the cultural and natural resources
of the Public Lands. The amendment and associated EA will be prepared
pursuant to the BLM planning regulations in 43 CFR part 1600. The plan
will fulfill the needs and obligations set forth by the National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management
Act (FLPMA), and BLM management policies. The BLM will work
collaboratively with interested parties to identify the management
decisions that are best suited to local, regional, and national needs
and concerns. The public scoping process will identify planning issues
and develop planning criteria. The EA will analyze and compare the
impacts of any changes in OHV designation and management with the
continuation of current management, and other alternatives that may be
identified. The TMP is being prepared through coordination with other federal, state
and local agencies, and affected public land users.
Arkansas River Travel Management Plan, CO; off-highway vehicle travel and other related road and trail issues,
The use of roads and trails for motorized
and nonmotorized recreation activities is an important use of BLM
Public Lands. In response to recommendations made by the Front Range
Resource Advisory Council, the BLM proposes developing a travel
management plan and establishing OHV travel designations to restrict
motorized travel to designated roads and trails. Preliminary issues and
management concerns have been identified by BLM personnel, other
agencies, and in meetings with individuals and user groups. They
represent the BLM's knowledge to date on the existing issues and
concerns with current management. The preliminary issues include:
Impacts to public land users and adjacent private landowners; impacts
to wildlife habitat; and impacts to water quality, vegetation,
including riparian and wetland areas, and soils. These issues, along
with others that may be identified through public participation, will
be considered in the planning process. After gathering public comments
on what issues the plan amendment should address, the suggested issues will be placed in one of three categories:
1. Issues to be resolved in the plan amendment;
2. Issues resolved through policy or administrative action; or
3. Issues beyond the scope of this plan amendment.
Rationale will be provided in the plan for each issue placed in category two or three. In addition to these major issues, a number of management questions and concerns will be addressed in the plan amendment. The public is encouraged to help identify these questions and concerns during the scoping phase.
An interdisciplinary approach will be used to develop the plan amendment in order to consider the variety of resource issues and concerns identified. Disciplines involved in the planning process will include specialists with expertise in rangeland management, minerals and geology, forestry, outdoor recreation, law enforcement, archaeology, wildlife and fisheries, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, vegetation, and fire.
Notification will be made to the Governor of Colorado, the Fremont
and Custer County Commissioners, adjacent landowners, and potentially affected members of the public.
Roy L. Masinton,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
For further information and/or to have your name added to our mailing list, contact Dave Walker, Team Leader, at the Royal Gorge Field Office address listed above or by calling (719) 2698545, or email at David_Walker@blm.gov.