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IDAHO - BLM Seeks Input on Activity Plan for Blackfoot River Special Recreation Management Area

July 07, 2015 5:15 PM

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - Pocatello Field Office (PFO) is seeking input for developing an activity plan for the Blackfoot River Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). Beginning this spring the PFO is conducting inventories on all motorized travel routes, existing developed and dispersed recreation areas, climbing areas, and non-motorized boating opportunities on the Blackfoot River below the reservoir.The PFO is seeking your help with comments, concerns, or

IDAHO - BLM Seeks Input on Activity Plan for Blackfoot River Special Recreation Management Area

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - Pocatello Field Office (PFO) is seeking input for developing an activity plan for the Blackfoot River Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). Beginning this spring the PFO is conducting inventories on all motorized travel routes, existing developed and dispersed recreation areas, climbing areas, and non-motorized boating opportunities on the Blackfoot River below the reservoir.

The PFO is seeking your help with comments, concerns, or issues you might have related to recreation within the boundaries of the Blackfoot River SRMA that will assist us in developing the SRMA plan. The plan will include specific decisions for on-the-ground implementation of the Pocatello Resource Management Plan (RMP), approved July 2012. The SRMA plan will provide management direction for recreational activities located on public lands administered by the PFO in the vicinity of the Blackfoot River, around the Blackfoot Reservoir, within Wolverine Canyon, and at the Blackfoot Reservoir Campground. For informational purposes only, the plan will include general recreation information on lands withdrawn to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Fort Hall Irrigation Project; however, no decisions will be made for these lands managed by BIA. All other lands outside the SRMA are excluded from the plan.

The Blackfoot River SRMA was identified in the Pocatello RMP to be managed to maintain and/or enhance targeted recreation opportunities. The Blackfoot River SRMA encompasses approximately 21,800 acres of public/Federal lands. The Blackfoot River SRMA is segmented into five distinct Recreation Management Zones (RMZs) as follows: (1) Wolverine Canyon, (2) Campground, (3) Reservoir (primarily Federal lands withdrawn for the BIA Fort Hall Irrigation Project), (4) Mid River, and (5) Lower River. Each RMZ would be managed for various activities, experiences and benefits.

In the end, the plan will:

  • Describe the current environment in the vicinity of the SRMA for recreational related activities.
  • Analyze appropriate existing and potential recreational activities on the public lands, with the end goal aimed at reducing conflicts between recreational activities, natural resources and other valid resource uses.
  • Establish guidelines for management, monitoring and plan adjustments for future recreational trends.
  • Designate a system of roads and trails open for motorized and mechanized travel.

You can submit written comments until August 31, 2015, by writing a letter titled Blackfoot River SRMA or using provided maps and/or Input Comment Form to the, Bureau of Land Management, Attention Chuck Patterson, 4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, ID 83204.

Information provided by the public during the 90 day data gathering period, ending August 31, 2015, will be reviewed and used in the development of a proposed plan. The PFO will present the proposed activity plan at official public scoping meetings beginning in the fall of 2015. The public meetings will be held in various locations around southeastern Idaho. Locations and times for the public scoping meetings are yet to be determined. If you are interested in participating in future scoping meetings and would like to be added on a mailing list, please indicate this in your written comments. Please include your name and a complete address.

For questions regarding the plan development of the Blackfoot River SRMA, please contact Chuck Patterson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at 208-478-6362.

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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and collaboration among recreationists.
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