BLM seeks help in inventory of roads and trails

The Grand Junction office of the Bureau of Land Management wants help from off-road warriors and others to help it complete its inventory of western Colorado roads and trails.

The office already has inventoried 2,700 miles of routes, but officials figure that’s about 80 percent of the total miles of roads and trails actually in use, bureau spokesman David Boyd said.

A full inventory is needed so that officials can decide which routes to maintain, close or limit as the Grand Junction office undertakes its resource-management plan update.

“We want to make sure going into this process that we have the most accurate data,” Boyd said.

The bureau is conducting six “travel-management data-collection” workshops in February.
Similar workshops were conducted for management plan revisions out of the bureau’s Glenwood Springs and Kremmling offices.

“These are roll-up-your-sleeves and roll-out-the-maps workshops,” Boyd said.

Participants can ensure they have the greatest influence on the plan by participating in the workshops, he said.

The workshops will be conducted from 4 to 7 p.m. on the following dates and locations:


• Feb. 10, Delta, Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 530 Gunnison River Drive.

•  Feb. 11, De Beque, De Beque Community Center, 381 Minter Ave.

•  Feb. 12, Collbran, Collbran Auditorium, 102 Main St.

•  Feb. 13, Gateway, Gateway Community Center, 42700 Colorado Highway 141.

•  Feb. 18, Fruita, Fruita Civic Center, Rotary Room, 325 E. Aspen Ave.

•  Feb. 19, Grand Junction, Courtyard Inn, Merlot Room, 765 Horizon Drive.


Public comments and information will be accepted at the workshops, as well as in writing through the mail or at the Grand Junction Field Office, until March 20.

Maps of the inventoried trails and routes and comment forms will be available at http://www.blm.gov, as well as at the Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, before the workshops and through the comment period.


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