BLM announces public scoping period for San Rafael Swell Travel Management Plan

Price, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office announces that the public scoping period for the San Rafael Desert Travel Management and Transportation Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) will run Jan. 21, to Feb. 21, 2015.

The purpose of public scoping is to determine relevant issues that will guide the planning process and influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including development of alternatives.  As a result of the travel management planning process, each route on lands managed by the Price Field Office will receive a designation of “open,” “closed,” or “limited to designated routes.”  The travel management plan will be subdivided into five areas with a separate EA and 30-day public scoping period for each area.  The first area to be analyzed is the San Rafael Desert area, which includes the San Rafael Desert south of I-70 and east of Hwy 24 to the Green River and Emery County line.
The BLM will host two open houses where the public can provide written input on route designation criteria and travel routes in the planning area that are important to their use of public lands.   These meetings will also help inform the public about the BLM’s travel management planning process.

In advance of the open houses, the public is encouraged to view a map of the planning area and current route inventory maps on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board at:  https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php (search for project name “San Rafael Desert”).

Written comments will be accepted at the public scoping meetings and throughout the scoping period which ends Feb. 21, 2015.  Please reference “San Rafael Desert Travel Management” when submitting comments.  Comments may be mailed or emailed using the following:

 

Mail

BLM Price Field Office

125 South 600 East

Price, UT 84501

 

Email

BLM_UT_PR_Recreation@blm.gov

Informational open houses for the San Rafael Desert travel management area will be held at the following locations:

 

Jan. 21, 2015

4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

John Wesley Powell Museum

1765 East Main St

Green River, Utah 84525

 

Jan. 22, 2015

4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Emery County Courthouse

75 East Main St

Castle Dale, Utah 84513