UTAH - BLM Hosts Public Open Houses for Travel Management Planning in Vernal

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May 07, 2013 2:51 PM

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal Field Office (VFO) announces that the public scoping period for the North Travel Management and Transportation Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) will run from June 5, 2013, to July 6, 2013. Two public open houses will be held during this period to give interested members of the public an opportunity to get involved in the planning process by providing written comments.   The purpose of the public scoping process is to determi

UTAH - BLM Hosts Public Open Houses for Travel Management Planning in Vernal

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal Field Office (VFO) announces that the public scoping period for the North Travel Management and Transportation Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) will run from June 5, 2013, to July 6, 2013. Two public open houses will be held during this period to give interested members of the public an opportunity to get involved in the planning process by providing written comments.
 
The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the planning process. The BLM will host open houses where the public can provide input on route designation criteria and travel routes in the planning area that are important to their use of public lands.  These meetings will also help inform the public about the BLM's multi-step travel management planning process. Written comments will be accepted during the public scoping meetings and throughout the scoping period, which ends July 6, 2013.
 
The two public open houses for the North Travel Management Area will be held on:
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Manila Old Timers Center
165 E Hwy 43
Manila, Utah 84046
  
Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Uintah County Library
204 E 100 N
Vernal, Utah 84078
 
The 2008 Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan for the VFO directs the field office to complete a Travel and Transportation Management Plan (TMP) for all BLM lands managed by the VFO. Comprehensive travel and transportation management planning addresses access needs for a wide array of public land uses including agricultural, commercial, and recreational activities. Access needs are evaluated within the context of the BLM's legal mandates to protect sensitive natural and cultural resources on public lands. Based on this comprehensive evaluation, every route on BLM-managed VFO lands will receive one of the following designations as a result of the planning process: open, closed, or limited. The Vernal TMP will be subdivided into five Travel Management Areas, and a separate EA with a 30-day public scoping period will be completed for each of the five areas.
 
The first area to be analyzed is the North Travel and Transportation Management Area. This area includes all of Daggett County and northeast Uintah County. In advance of the open houses, the public is encouraged to view a map of the planning area and the current route inventory map on the BLM VFO webpage at: (http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal.html). An online comment form is also available on the webpage for those wishing to submit comments electronically.
 
The BLM will not consider anonymous comments. Written comments can be mailed to the Vernal Field Office, 170 South 500 East, Vernal, UT 84078 or submitted to: BLM_UT_Vernal_Comments@blm.gov
 
For additional information, contact Marta Call at (435) 781-4423. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the BLM during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107
 


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