This is the final step in the decision-making process for revising travel management designations. In this step the UFO proposes to amend the Uncompahgre Basin Resource Management Plan and San Juan/San Miguel Resource Management Plan (RMPs). The new plan will limit motorized and mechanized use to existing roads and trails. The public has until March 26, 2010, to protest the changes.
Starting in the spring of 2007, the BLM worked with the public and interested user groups to develop updated travel designations. Comments were gathered and considered as the proposed changes were developed. In addition, another public comment period was held in 2008 to ensure public input. More comments were gathered during that period that helped shape the final plan.
The UFO Travel Management Plan Amendment is available for review at the Montrose Public Lands Center, 2465 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, Colo., as well as online at www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ufo.html.
The BLM planning regulations (43 CFR 1610.5-2) state that “any person who participated in the planning process and has an interest which is or may be adversely affected by the approval or amendment of a resource management plan” may protest the BLM’s proposed amendments to the RMP. A protest may raise only those issues which were submitted for the record during the planning process. A person who meets the conditions and files a protest must file the protest by March 26, 2010. For complete protest procedures, please contact the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office, 2465 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, Colo., 970/240-5300, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go online to http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ufo.html.
For further information or to request a copy of the plan, contact the Montrose Public Lands Center front desk or Julie Jackson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, 970/240-5300; or send an email to email@example.com.