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The BLM Scoping Process for Glade Run Recreation Area
July 18, 2011 Ė BLM has published a Notice of Intent to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment and associated Environmental Assessment for the Glade Run Recreation Area located on 21,544 acres in San Juan County, New Mexico. This notice serves as the beginning of the scoping process. The purpose of the scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the RMP amendment that will help guide the planning process.
The RMP will consider proposals to make changes to OHV area designations, including the development of management alternatives that include identifying a travel network of routes for specified uses within the planning area.
BLM will announce the dates and locations of any scoping meeting at least 15 days in advance through the local media and at the BLM Farmington Field Office website.
Comments on issues and planning criteria may be submitted until August 14, 2011.
It is important that OHV enthusiasts get involved in the designation process by contacting BLM staff. Comments may be submitted at the website: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en.html;
by email to: FFO_Comments@blm.gov
; by fax to: 505-599-8999, Attention: Outdoor Recreation Planner; or by mail to:
Attention: Outdoor Recreation Planner
1235 La Plata Highway
Farmington, New Mexico 87401
For further information, please contact Janelle Alleman, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at 505-599-8944 or at FFO_Comments@blm.gov
View the original notice in the Federal Register.
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The Resource of Recreation
Another approach is being taken to appease the user groups of the Glad Run Recreation Area,
And so begins a long 18 month journey of meetings. These meetings can be promising if the people stand up and shout rather than whisper their opinions. There are two fronts that I am facing. Through a series of city council meetings (MPO business) we will hope to dispose of a plan to pave the Glade and other open public land. On the other side we have a chance to make an established plan where all of the user groups have a complete open platform. Trail regulation, mapping, education, action, and enforcement are just a few things we have to look at.
Wild life, plant life, water ways, and resources are some other concerns that the BLM has. For this to be looked at, you need an EA (Environmental Assessment). We have never seen an actual EA from this area. If it truly is public land and there is any information covering any scope in the Glade, it should be readily available when you inquire. So inquire!!! All of the user groups need to be concerned about all of the above. When it comes to the wild life and such we need to be aware. These assessments will be key to this area being open for later generations to enjoy. An open mind can take each user a long way.
To quote our consultant James Cooper ďAs a matter of historical interest, the single track trails in the Glade were established by repeated use by the motorcyclists during the 1960s. At this point the bicyclists are demanding exclusive use of these trails. However, BLM is required to manage for multiple uses by FLPMA. BLM has no lawful rationale for excluding any of the presently legal uses of the area.Ē Our user groups need to work together in each set of trail systems. In the four wheel drive arena, we really donít have a problem with any user. This is a unique area where the motorized users also participate in non motorized activity. Once a trail system is established we can all use the area together,
The MPO is planning thoroughfares, minor arterial roads, and collector roads that will ultimately effect our use of the public land around us (the Glade Run Recreational area). You can view the maps by clicking this link http://www.farmingtonmpo.org/documents.html
. In each alternative you can see some of the open area in the Glade is being proposed in the traffic plans. Traffic engineers know what they are doing and are doing this for a reason. there are some things to watch for. Continued use should not be affected nor should the safety of each different type of user. The plan should also provide city street markers for the trail intersections and parking areas. There will be some sacrifice. Ultimately I feel the City of Farmington is well aware of the user groups and I believe the Mayer and the City Council understand the resource of recreation.
An Open Platform
For a trail system we would like to see all user groups recreating through out the boundaries. To do this you need a mapping system. The mapping system needs to be regulated by specifically marking the allowed users on the signage for the individual trail. A single track trail would only be marked for Bicyclist and motorcyclists. A 52″ trail would allow for single track plus ATV and UTV users. A trail that is marked with a 4◊4 would be open to all users. Organization will create better education, users will not only know where to go they will also know what to expect on each trail. Things like trail ratings and required equipment would help tourists know how difficult the trail is and what is needed to complete the trail safely. Other markings should include Oil Field Traffic. Safety is major factor! During this entire project we need to GPS each marker point and use a number system that will coordinate with major maps (example Ė use a section number followed by the number of the marker on the trail). If something were to go wrong and authorities are dispatched, they can look up the GPS location. We have people from all over the world coming here. When they do they are taking advantage of multiple uses of the Glade. Some of the main families that come for Rock Crawling Competitions also have family that comes here to ride the bike trails on motorcycle and bicycle.
Action and Enforcement
With a growing population we are faced with growing user groups. Within these user groups there will always be that one to five percent who ruin it for everyone else. These instances can be dealt with by and open platform. With a larger area for each user group to travel there is also more visibility. The users will always catch abusers. Dumping is a problem in the Glade and itís the users that have to deal with it. We pick it up all the time. When we see someone abusing the Glade we take pictures of license plates and ultimately try to stop them. The people who are dumping out there can be dealt with by law enforcement, but they can be caught by the users. The transfer stations are now charging to dump, so I believe we will see more people willing to dump in the glade. We can be there, We can work together, and We can preserve this valuable resource of recreation!