Utah Shared Access Alliance
1ST MEETING IS TONIGHT, MORE THROUGHOUT THE WEEK!
Monday June 14, 2010
Just a quick reminder about the important public meetings for the travel planning in the BLM St. George Field office. This planning will significantly impact your ability to use your vehicles in this field office. Please attend a meeting in a town closest to you and get involved in the process. We are hoping to be able to offer you more info on this plan after we review the latest from BLM. We also hope to roll out a tool to aid in submitting your comments and GPS data. We are working out a few bugs in that tool before it is ready for your use. Stand by for more on that in the coming days.
FYI: USA-ALL will attend the meeting in SLC this Thursday.
Read BRC’s Action Alert for details on the meetings meetings. We have added that below…
BLUERIBBON COALITION LANDUSE UPDATE!
St. George BLM Revising Travel Management Plan – Public Input Needed
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) St. George Field Office has formally kicked off the planning process that will result in a Comprehensive Travel and Transportation Management Plan. This plan will include specific route designations for motorized and mountain bike use. Meaning – if its not on the map – its closed!
The BLM will also finalize the designation of the High Desert Trail System and identify a Northern Transportation Route bringing OHV users from BLM lands to the OHV trail systems on the Dixie and Fishlake National Forests.
This planning process is being conducted on a parallel track with the development of Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for the newly designated 63,500-acre Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area (NCA) and the 45,000-acre Red Cliffs NCA, as well as Amendment of the St. George Field Office 1999 Resource Management Plan. In addition, the BLM is planning to designate additional Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) for the conservation of biological resources and natural communities.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared to analyze the impacts related to all of the above. Public input is essential and the public is invited to:
* Provide route inventory data (e.g., maps, digital files, GPS data)
* Identify routes important for facilities access, recreation, commercial activities, etc.
* Identify areas where existing routes create impacts to sensitive natural and heritage resources,
* Identify routes that could be included in the High Desert Trail System
* Identify alternatives for the Northern Transportation Route
The public scoping period started on May 10, 2010, when the Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register. Scoping comments will be accepted through July 19, 2010.
The public is encouraged to come to one of the scoping meetings to ask questions and provide input. Open house meetings will be held June 14-17 at the locations listed below. They will begin at 6:00 pm and last until 8:00 pm. Representatives from BLM’s St. George Field Office will be available at the meetings to answer questions. The open houses will have several information stations to present information on key issues and on the planning process.
Scoping Meeting Schedule
Monday, June 14, 2010
1835 Convention Center Dr.
St. George, UT
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Mesquite Community and Senior Center
102 West Old Mill Road
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
City of Hurricane Office
147 North 870 West
Thursday, June 17, 2010
SLC Public Library, Conf. Room – Level 4
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, UT
There are many ways to provide comments during the scoping period. In addition to the scoping meetings, the BLM will receive comments through the following methods:
Scoping comments may be mailed or delivered to Bureau of Land Management, Attention: Planning Project Manager, St. George Field Office, 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84770 or e-mailed to email@example.com. Scoping comments will be most helpful if they are specific and received by July 19, 2010.
Please include “Planning Process for St. George Field Office” in your correspondence. Following the close of the scoping period, a scoping report will be available at the BLM’s St. George Field Office website. The report will summarize public comments collected during the scoping period.
To learn more, visit the new St. George Field Office website at: www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/st__george.html
Thank your for all your support. Lets flood the BLM with comments and data. If you have knowledge of this area and or are concerned PLEASE be involved. We can’t keep your favorite trails open unless we and BLM know about them and have your support to keep them open. GET INVOLVED TODAY!
Utah Shared Access Alliance