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Join Date: Dec 2000
Member # 2510
Location: Miami, Fl
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
Notice of Travel Restrictions
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), DOI.
ACTION: Notice of Travel Restrictions, Moab Field
This notice places restrictions on travel by off-road vehicles (ORV's) and
mountain bikes on specific public land administered by the BLM Moab Field
Office. These actions are necessary to halt ongoing impacts and prevent future
degradation of resource values. They are being implemented on an interim basis
to protect resource values and public safety, pending revision of the Resource
Management Plan (RMP) for the area administered by the BLM Moab Field Office.
This notice also affirms and describes previous travel restrictions that remain
This notice is effective January 22, 2001, and shall remain in effect until
modified or the RMP is amended.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Russell von Koch
BLM Moab Field Office
82 East Dogwood Avenue
Moab, Utah 84532
In 1985, the Grand Resource Area RMP left the majority of the public land
currently administered by the Moab Field Office as ``Open to Off-road Vehicle
Since publication of the plan, specific public land areas administered by the
Moab Field Office have become destinations for travel by off-road vehicles users
and mountain bikers. Cross-country travel off established roads and trails by
motorized vehicles and mountain bikes is causing damage to scenic, cultural,
soil, vegetation, and wildlife habitat resources in the high use areas
identified below and, in some cases, is causing or threatens to cause
considerable adverse effects to those resource values. Short-cutting, making
parallel routes, detouring around challenging segments, and widening routes
threaten the integrity of existing routes, reduce their value for commercial
recreation and special events, and make them less attractive for recreation use.
The proliferation of multiple routes off long established roads and trails also
contributes to confusion among users as to their location on the ground and has
led to more frequent search and rescue activity. On several historic,
interpretive, or recreational single-track trails, certain [[Page 6660]] uses
are incompatible with the protection of significant resource values or involve
safety or management concerns. Specific actions are necessary to manage these
routes. New Travel Restrictions, Moab Travel Management Area (MTMA) Travel by
ORV's and mountain bikes, on public land in five areas administered by the Moab
Field Office, is now limited to existing roads and trails, except where more
restrictive designations apply as described below under Existing Designations.
Cross-country travel in these five areas, collectively referred to as the Moab
Travel Management Area (MTMA), is prohibited, except for travel by mountain bike
and two-wheel motorcycle on established slickrock riding areas (Bartlett Wash
slickrock area, Tusher Canyon slickrock area, and slickrock areas along the
Monitor and Merrimac and Lower Monitor and Merrimac trails), where such use does not further disturb vegetation or soils. To protect public safety and enhance user experience, BLM will provide maps of, and sign and mark recommended routes.
Under this action, approximately 245,642 acres currently designated as Open to ORV travel will be managed as ORV and mountain bike Travel Limited to Existing Roads and Trails. This change involves 25 percent of the land currently Open to ORV use and 13 percent of the total public land within the Moab Field Office.
The intent of these year-round ORV designation changes is to protect natural resource and scenic values from the adverse effects of cross-country travel, maintain the integrity of established travel routes, and provide for public safety until the RMP is revised. MTMA 1 (approximately 15,031 acres, in 3 parcels) is northwest of Moab along the boundary of Arches National Park. It includes all public land south of Township 22 S, west of Arches National Park, east of U.S. Highway 191 and north of the private land at the mouth of Moab Canyon. MTMA 2 (approximately 189,939 acres) is northwest of Moab. It includes
all public land west of U.S. Highway 191; south of the Canyonlands Field Airport, the Mancos shale land already limited to existing roads and trails, the Levi Well Road, and the Tenmile Point Road; east of the public land already limited to existing roads and trails along the east side of the Green River rims, and north of the northern boundary of Canyonlands National Park, the block of State and Private land around Dead Horse Point State Park and Potash, and the land northof Utah Highway 279. Land inside this boundary (in South Sevenmile Canyon and the Colorado Riverway), where ORV travel is already limited to designated roads and trails remains so designated. MTMA 3 (approximately 28,266 acres) is west and south of Moab. It includes all public land west of U.S. Highway 191; north of the southern rim of Kane Creek Canyon and the land on Hatch Point already designated as limited to existing roads; and east and south of the Colorado River. Land in the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area (WSA), which is closed to ORV use (subject to valid existing rights), and within the Colorado Riverway, where ORV use is limited to designated roads and trails, remains so designated. MTMA 4 (approximately 6,558 acres) is northeast of Moab along the Entrada Bluffs Road. It includes an area bounded on the south by a one- half mile wide corridor along County Road 105 (Entrada Bluffs Road) and on the north by land already limited to existing roads and trails along the Dolores River. MTMA 5 (approximately 5,848 acres) is northeast of Moab along the Utah/Colorado border. The area, which includes May Flat, is approximately 8 miles long and 2 miles wide. It is bordered by areas where ORV travel is currently limited to existing roads and trails on the north and west; private land to the southwest; the Colorado River on the south, and the Colorado-Utah state line near Rabbit Valley on the east. Interpretive Trails Closed to Motorized and Mountain Bike Travel The Sauropod Dinosaur Trackway Interpretive Trail, and the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Interpretive Trail are closed to motorized travel and mountain bike use to prevent resource damage to paleontological resources, scenic values, vegetation, and soils. Single-Track Trails Closed to Motorized Travel The following single-track trails are closed to motorized travel to prevent further damage to scenic values, soils, and vegetation along
these narrow trails and to provide for public safety: (1) The entire Portal Trail from Jaycee Park to the top of Poison Spider Mesa; (2) the Hunter Canyon Rim Trail from the drill hole at the end of the Hunter Canyon Rim ORV route to the Kane Creek Road; (3) the Hidden Valley Trail from its trailhead in Spanish
Valley to the boundary of the Behind the Rocks WSA. Implementation Maps showing all current Moab Field Office ORV designations are available for public review at the Moab Field Office. The designations are also shown on a map on the Moab Field Office's website at http://www.blm.gov/utah/moab.
BLM will provide public land users with information about travel restrictions using brochures, signs, and bulletin boards with maps at major entry areas. It will protect key areas from further cross-country travel using signs and simple barriers as appropriate. Enforcement actions will be taken asnecessary. BLM will
provide maps of, and mark and sign recommended routes.
These travel restrictions are an interim measure to protect resource values and route integrity by prohibiting cross-country use and use on the specific single-track trails identified above until the RMP is revised. Revision of the RMP will address long term travel management across a range of management options. Existing Designations Except for those formerly Open areas where travel is now Limited to Existing Roads and Trails, this notice does not change the ORV designations made through the RMP or previously published Federal Register travel notices covering the public land administered by the Moab Field Office.
These designations are affirmed and described below. The travel designation map on the Moab Field Office website shows all applicable travel designations.
The Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area, Negro Bill Canyon, and the east side of Westwater Canyon are closed to ORV use subject to valid existing rights. The Windwhistle and Hatch Point Campgrounds, the Canyonlands, Needles, and Anticline Overlooks, and the Onion Creek sensitive plant site are closed to ORV use off developed roads. The Black Ridge Wilderness Area is also closed to ORV and mechanized travel by act of Congress through the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Act of 2000. Limited to Designated Roads and Trails Areas ORV Travel in the Mill Creek and East Mill Creek areas and the Colorado Riverway is limited to designated routes. ORV and
mountain bike travel in the Sand Flats Recreation Area, the Kens Lake area, the Sevenmile Canyon [[Page 6661]] area, and the NW \1/4\ of Section 24 and the SW \1/4\ of Section 13, T. 25 S., R. 20 E. S.L.M. in the Little Canyon area is limited to designated routes. Limited to Existing Roads and Trails Areas The 1985 RMP designated the Mancos shale areas in the Cisco and Green River desert areas; the Colorado, Green, and Dolores river corridors; portions of the Canyon Rims Recreation Area, and the area between Dead Horse Point State Park and the Colorado River as limited to existing roads and trails.
The travel restrictions in this notice do not apply to wheelchairs, water craft, military, fire, emergency, or law enforcement vehicles used for emergency purposes, vehicles expresslypermitted by the BLM, or BLM vehicles required for official use, and are subject to valid existing rights. Authority: Pub. L. 94-579, E. O. 11644, E. O. 11989, 43 CFR 8341.2, 43 CFR 8364.1 Dated: January 12, 2001. Sally Wisely, State Director. [FR Doc. 01-1595 Filed 1-19-01; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-DQ-U
Source: Bureau Of Land Mgmt.
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|02-27-2001, 07:45 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2000
Member # 72
Location: walnut creek,CA,
Just got my EJS paper for 2001. It looks like most of the traditional trails are still open. I was amazed to learn, however that old roads in the Needles section of the Archs Na'tl Park have been closed. Several years ago we got away from the easter weekend crowd by going down the needles. we ran a trail called Salt Creek. This trail was restricted to 12 rigs a day. You paid a fee to get in, which gave you the combination to the lock on the gate. The road went up the salt creek canyon about 20 miles to angel arch. Along the way were other archs, Indian dwellings and petro's, and buildings abandoned by ranchers. The campsites were great. USFS patroled the road with a 3/4 ton Dodge Ram and 2 enforcement officers (not rangers) to be sure the 12 jeeps and 2 backpackers stayed on the road. After having a great camp under a zillon stars we Helped jump start the enforcers Ram, (They left their radio on all night)Gave the 2 dehydrated backpackers a ride out, ( The creek water is full of salt and arsnic) and returned to Moab.
According to the EJS paper the road has completly grown over except where backpackers have walked. Backpackers have made trampled short cuts to the original road. I'm sorry my kids won't be able to enjoy this road as I did.
big boulders exist to be driven over