Purpose of Todays Discussion. In a relatively short time frame, REAs synthesize and assess the best available information about resource conditions and trends within an ecoregion.
The BLM manages public lands to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
With more than 57 million people living within 25 miles of BLM administered public lands, motorized recreation on these million acres of public land is managed consistent with the multiple-use mandate of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of FLPMA.
Wise management of OHVs and balancing the needs of all the users of the public lands is a continuing challenge. This challenge has been building over time. What was once the vast and spacious public land of the West that few knew about and fewer actively used for recreational purposes has now become something quite different.
Today, with the suburban sprawl of many western cities and the increased pressure for more outdoor recreational opportunities, the BLM has had to adjust its management of these lands to ensure their health for future generations.
Challenges Some facts and figures help to illustrate the reality of our management challenges: OHV use has been a major recreational activity across the West for the past four decades.
The BLM-administered public lands will host 58 million recreation visits from across the country and other nations this year, a number that has nearly doubled in the last 25 years. Many of these visitors will be responsibly riding ATVs or motorcycles.
The extensive network of roads and trails, now primarily associated with motorized and non-motorized recreation use, has largely been inherited from historical access patterns dating back nearly years. The majority of roads and trails in use today were originally developed for trade, mineral exploration, ranching, forestry and many other purposes.
The combined effect of population increase in the West, unauthorized user-created roads, explosive growth in the use of OHVs, advances in motorized technology, and intense industry marketing have generated increased social conflicts and resource impacts on the public land.
The BLM faces many challenges--protecting resources, minimizing user conflicts, safeguarding visitor safety, and providing reasonable and appropriate access. Research continues on the impacts of OHV use. BLM is addressing travel management as part of a comprehensive approach that considers public access needs for all modes of transportation.
BLM has sought extensive public participation and input to designate a travel network that is thoughtfully designed and properly managed and makes the best use of resources. Public participation is essential to the BLM planning process and serves to improve communication, develop enhanced understanding of different perspectives, and identify solutions to issues and problems.
Recreation and law enforcement are among the programs in which these funding shifts will occur. This strategy sets comprehensive direction for planning and managing motorized recreational use in full compliance with Executive Orders, existing regulations, and policy guidance.
Open areas are areas where all types of vehicle use are permitted at all times, anywhere in the area. Limited areas are lands where OHV use is restricted at certain times or use is only authorized on designated routes, and closed areas are lands where OHV use is prohibited.
This strategy recognizes motorized recreational use as a legitimate use of public land wherever it is compatible with established resource management objectives. These land use plans guide the management of all of the million acres for which the BLM is responsible.
Finally, in Decemberthe BLM sent guidance to its field offices to further clarify travel management decisions in the planning process. Instead, field offices are directed to focus OHV travel on designated roads and trails.
Field offices still can and have designated open areas, where unrestricted OHV play is permissible. Additionally, this guidance addresses route planning, inventory and evaluation, innovative partnerships, user education, mapping, signing, and law enforcement.
The guidance will result in establishing rational and well-analyzed travel networks, permitting OHV users with continued opportunity to recreate on public lands. With the completion of new or updated plans, the amount of land designated as limited has increased and the number of acres of open areas has decreased.
More than a million acres in the District are closed to OHV use.
OHV use on the remaining This particular area also benefits from a congressionally designated trail system for OHV users. Open areas have been retained in other RMPs where historical OHV play areas have existed for many years and resource conflicts are minimal. Open areas are appropriate for intensive OHV use where there are no compelling resource protection needs or public safety issues to warrant limiting cross-country use.
These open areas are extremely important local and regional destinations for OHV play with minimal impact. Closures are sometimes necessary to protect and conserve resources or for public safety in a particular area.
Closures can be very controversial. The BLM frequently attempts to work with affected or interested parties to reach agreement on options to address a particular challenge before issuing notices of motorized travel restrictions or temporary closures. Most closures remain in effect until conditions change, impact is reduced or a new decision is addressed in a plan.
For example, to protect public health and safety from exposure to asbestos the BLM issued a temporary closure on 31, acres of public land within the Clear Creek Management Area in California on May 1, The RMP will incorporate the results of the EPA Assessment and analyze alternatives to minimize and reduce the human health risk from exposure to asbestos from visitor use to ensure public health and safety.
High-use recreation areas, such as sand dunes in Southern California, Utah, Idaho and Nevada, continue to be a challenge, especially on long holiday weekends and during major events, and are a primary focus of BLM law enforcement.
Emergency Medical Services responded to calls.unprotected public lands that are relatively roadless and undeveloped, such as those in and around the proposed OCNCA, may afford the best opportunity to conserve natural elements and ecosystem processes (Davidson et al.
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Statement of. Henri Bisson, Deputy Director. Bureau of Land Management. Before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Off-Highway Vehicle Management on Public Lands.
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