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"UFWDA Bulletin"

Gunnison Travel Plan Ready to Implement

The GMUG (Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison) National Forests in Colorado, will begin to implement the travel management decisions which encompass both the Gunnison and Paonia Ranger Districts. The first step will be to develop a Motorized Vehicle Use map (MVUM) for the area. That map, when completed and released, will be the guide for what routes will be open for public travel and for which types of vehicles and what motorized travel routes will have season-of-use restrictions. The Forest anticipates this will be released in early 2011.

Both the Paonia and the Gunnison District Rangers plan to provide user "information and education" about the new Plan and the changes that will occur, starting with the fall hunting season. According to Paonia District Ranger Levi Broyles, "Getting the word out and explaining to the public that changes have been made with travel is our first priority this year."

Gunnison District Ranger John Murphy echoed this statement and added, "By next summer we will have the MVUMs out and will have our folks out on-the-ground putting up route marker signs to help with the use of the MVUMs." Murphy went on to state, "in time, we will transition from primarily 'information and education' to enforcement, perhaps by next hunting season."

The implementation of the Gunnison Travel Management Plan culminates over three years of work and substantial public involvement and collaboration. This Travel Management Plan is the third completed on the GMUG and with its implementation, accomplishes large scale travel management efforts across the three Forests, in accordance with the 2005 Travel Management Rule.

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Public input and comment for Dominguez-Escalante NCA

The Bureau of Land Management will hold two public meetings to solicit public comments and input, for consideration in future recreational planning for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area in Grand Junction, Colorado.

The first of two Travel Management Meetings will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 530 Gunnison River Drive, in Delta. The second meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Mesa County Courthouse Annex, in the multipurpose room, 750 Main Street, in Grand Junction.

BLM staff will present the public with an inventory of combined routes within the Dominguez-Escalante NCA. The combined routes are used for hiking, horseback riding, off-road vehicles or any other means of transportation. The BLM is seeking public assistance to add information on any additional routes the initial inventory may have overlooked. To determine and consider future recreational and other multi-use access to the NCA, the BLM is also seeking public comment on which routes should be considered a priority in future planning and why the routes are important for recreational use.

The BLM is currently developing a new Resource Management Plan for the Dominguez-Escalante NCA and Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. These public meetings will also review planning decisions for travel management and the travel planning process, offer guidance on accessing inventory information and how to submit comments, and answer questions related to travel management within the NCA.

On March 30, 2009, the U.S. Congress designated 209,610 acres of public lands, spanning the three counties of Mesa, Delta and Montrose, as the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. The Dominguez-Escalante NCA was established for a broad range of values to conserve, protect, enhance and manage for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Within the Dominguez-Escalante NCA, 66,280 acres are set aside as the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area, which was part of the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Study Area. They have been supported by local, regional and national interests for the outstanding resources in the area.

For information, contact Andy Windsor, Outdoor Recreation Planner, by telephone at (970) 244-3177, or email to [email protected]. For additional information, visit the BLM website at BLM Colorado | Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.

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Force Wheeler
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I have been up in that area this past summer, whoever is local needs to make sure they attend these meetings and provide input so we can make the area continues to be open for off-roading...
 

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Force Wheeler
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Here is something for you Texas wheelers...due to the budget situation here in Texas, there are those in the legislature who want to cancel the OHV sticker program which provides funding for trails on state land and grant money for organizations and individuals to buy private land to turn in OHV parks...The legislature wants to move the money into the general revenue fund and quit using it for its intended purpose...I have already written my representatives...there is still time for you to act as well...please do:thumbsup:
 
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