BLM proposes transportation plan for public lands near Florence

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March 12th, 2009

Public comments may be submitted through May 8

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tucson Field Office is proposing a transportation plan covering approximately 96,320 acres of public lands near Florence and Superior, Ariz., and is now seeking public comment during a 60-day review period.

Information on the BLM’s Web site says the purpose of the Middle Gila Canyons Transportation and Travel Management Plan and accompanying Environmental Assessment (EA) is to designate travel routes and identify use restrictions needed to protect sensitive resources in the planning area.

The transportation plan identifies approximately 263 miles of road or primitive road, along with several off-highway vehicle (OHV) sport sites. All routes in the plan are based on a comprehensive travel route inventory completed in 2003, as well as stakeholder meetings convened in 2007.

For more information on the proposed plan, including a link to download a copy of the plan and the EA, visit http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2009/march/march_10__2009_-_blm.html.

Comments may be submitted by May 8, 2009, to Mark Lambert or Francisco Mendoza, Outdoor Recreation Planner; BLM Tucson Field Office; 12661 East Broadway; Tucson, Ariz. 85748-7208, or by e-mail at mgc_travel@blm.gov.

After consideration of the comments received, the BLM will implement the Middle Gila Canyons Transportation and Travel Management Plan beginning in the summer of 2009. For more information, please contact Kristen Lenhardt of the BLM at (520) 258-7200.

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