IDAHO - BLM to Hold Open Houses on Travel Management Planning

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March 05, 2014 11:10 PM

IDAHO - BLM to Hold Open Houses on Travel Management Planning

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cottonwood Field Office is in the early stages of evaluating travel routes across the field office. Due to the expanse of the field office, two planning zones have been established -- North and South. The first zone to be analyzed is identified as the "North Zone Travel Management Plan." This area can generally be described as all BLM-managed lands within Clearwater, Latah, Nez Perce and Lewis counties and continuing south into Idaho County to include Slate Creek on the Lower Salmon River. The North Zone has been subdivided into three travel management units -- Craig Mountain, Clearwater and the Joseph Plains.

Information regarding the "North Zone Travel Management Plan" project, including maps and a comment form, are available online at: http://blm.gov/jqld.  
 
During the Travel Management Planning (TMP) process, the field office will verify the existing route inventory on BLM-managed lands; identify access needs and current uses; identify administrative uses (range, timber, mining, agency); determine types of use (i.e., motorized or non-motorized); and classify special resources affected --such as wildlife, riparian or cultural.
 
In order to provide information about the process and solicit feedback from the public, the field office will host three public meetings in an open-house format. Public input about the project is important in helping develop an environmental assessment (EA) for a Travel Management Plan.   

Public open houses will be held at the following locations: 

February 11, 2014
3:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Clearwater Region Idaho Fish and Game
3316 16th St.
Lewiston, ID 83501

February 12, 2014
3:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Nez Perce National Forest Supervisor's Office
104 Airport Road
Grangeville, ID 83530

February 13, 2014
3:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Clearwater National Forest Supervisor's Office
12730 Highway 12
Orofino, ID 83544

Public comments regarding the project will be accepted through March 14, 2014. Comments can be submitted in writing to: CFO TMP Team, Cottonwood Field Office, 1 Butte Drive, Cottonwood, ID 83522 or submitted through email to: blm_id_nztravelmgmtplan@blm.gov.
 
For additional information regarding the North Zone Travel Management Planning Project, please contact Judy Culver at (208) 962-3256.

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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