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IDAHO - BLM Invites Public Comment on Travel Management Planning In Owyhee County

December 07, 2015 5:01 PM

On December 1, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise District Office (BDO) began a 45-day scoping period for the comprehensive travel and transportation management plan (TMP) and associated environmental assessment for two subregions of public lands in Owyhee County. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 directs BLM to complete a comprehensive TMP for all public lands in Owyhee County. The Boise District BLM has grouped the public lands in Owyhee

IDAHO - BLM Invites Public Comment on Travel Management Planning In Owyhee County
Two Open Houses Being Hosted In December

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

On December 1, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise District Office (BDO) began a 45-day scoping period for the comprehensive travel and transportation management plan (TMP) and associated environmental assessment for two subregions of public lands in Owyhee County.

The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 directs BLM to complete a comprehensive TMP for all public lands in Owyhee County. The Boise District BLM has grouped the public lands in Owyhee County within the Boise District into five subregions for the purposes of this TMP effort. All five subregions were part of the inventory efforts started in 2004 and completed in 2012 with extensive public involvement and BLM validation.

The two subregions that are the focus of this scoping effort are the Canyonlands East, which consists of 1,390 miles of routes between the Northwest Pipeline and the Bruneau River, and 292 miles of routes within the portion of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) in Owyhee County.

Travel management planning efforts for the other three subregions within the Boise District, Canyonlands West, Grand View, and Silver City, will follow later in 2016 through 2018.

The BLM is hosting two open houses during the scoping period and inviting the public to provide input on the systems of routes described in each of three preliminary alternatives within the two subregions.

The first open house is scheduled for Dec. 10, 2015, in Nampa at the Civic Center from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The second open house is scheduled for Dec. 11, in Grand View at the Rimrock Junior-Senior High School from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

BRC is urging the OHV community to review the proposal on how it might impact motorized access within the project area.

Written comments can also be provided throughout the scoping period via email to oma_trans_wild@blm.gov or by mailing them to the BLM Boise District Office, Transportation Planning, at 3948 S. Development Ave., Boise, Idaho 83705. To be most helpful, comments from the public should be emailed or postmarked by January 15, 2016. The BLM will review the comments and analyze the alternatives in an environmental assessment.

To view maps and addition information please view the website at: on.doi.gov/1YrJqGz. 

For more information, contact Owyhee TMP project manager TJ Clifford at (208) 384-3300.

Owyhee County Travel Management Map

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. 2
 

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