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ARIZONA - BLM Lower Sonoran FO Seeks Public Input on Buckeye Hills Travel Management Plan

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ARIZONA - BLM Lower Sonoran FO Seeks Public Input on Buckeye Hills Travel Management Plan

Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,     

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Lower Sonoran Field Office invites your participation in the development of the Buckeye Hills Travel Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (TMP/EA). This Plan includes the Buckeye Hills East and West travel management areas and encompasses the communities of Buckeye, Rainbow Valley, Hassayampa and Palo Verde in Pinal and Maricopa counties, Arizona (see Planning Area map here).             

Travel management is a comprehensive approach to the administration of travel and transportation networks of roads, primitive routes, trails, and areas for both motorized and non-motorized uses. Travel management planning includes the inventory and mapping, route and area (i.e. open areas such as dunes or OHV play areas, etc.) designations, and other measures necessary for providing access to and across public lands for a variety of uses. This notification is being provided to BLM right-of-way holders, recreational users, grazing allotment permittees, mining claim holders, and anyone else who has expressed an interest in this project and project area.

The upcoming TMP/EA will detail the direct, indirect and cumulative effects from the BLM's designation of an approved travel network. At this early stage during public scoping, public participation will assist the BLM in the development of the TMP/EA. Through this process, the BLM will comply with the obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act. The BLM has scheduled the following open houses:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 6- 8 pm
Copper Sky Recreation Complex
44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Maricopa, Arizona 85138

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 6-8 pm
Community Center
201 E. Centre Avenue
Buckeye, Arizona 85326

During these open house-style meetings, BLM staff will be available and maps of the travel network inventory will be available for review. There will be tables with personnel with maps to discuss the project and answer your questions.

Topics to be thinking about to better prepare for these meetings include:

How do I use this area and what route access do I need to conduct my business or favorite recreational activity?

What facilities and/or amenities would you suggest to make your use more enjoyable, and accommodate current use and future growth in the area such as trailheads, staging areas, information kiosks, etc., and where would they be located?

If you're a recreational user, what suggestions do you have in terms of connectivity to communities, loop opportunities, user conflict mitigation, etc.?

Are there specific routes you would like to be designated as closed due to user conflicts, route proliferation, etc.?

This 30-day public scoping period is from May 24 until June 22,2017.

Information on this project will be available at the following website: http://bit.ly/2qc0Q19

Comments on the proposed project can be submitted the following ways:

Electronically by emailing them to: buckeyehills@blm.gov

You may mail your comments to: BLM Lower Sonoran Field Office, A TIN: Dallas Meeks, 21605 North 71h Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85027.

You may fax your comments to: Dallas Meeks at 623-580ú 5580.

The BLM anticipates that the TMP/EA will be available for public review in early 2018. Note: if you wish to remain on the project mailing list and be notified of the documents availability, please send us a reply to buckeyehills@blm.gov.

If you have questions, please contact Dallas Meeks at 623-580-5681 or buckeyehills@blm.gov.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext. 2

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