BLM Seeks Comments on Gila Unit Travel Management Plan
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Safford Field Office, located in southeastern Arizona, is seeking public input during a comment period for route designations on the Gila Unit Travel Management Plan. Written comments are due by October 30, 2009, and can be submitted by mail, email, or fax.
The Gila Unit Travel Management Plan process identified and evaluated 900 miles of maintained and primitive roads covering more than 467,000 acres of public lands in Graham and Greenlee counties. The Gila Unit includes public lands north of U.S. Highway 70 from the Arizona-New Mexico state line to the boundary of the San Carlos Apache Nation, as well as public lands south of the highway between Pima and the reservation boundary. Maps have been developed for the area, which includes the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area, as a preliminary step to writing the Plan.
Detailed information is posted at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/tra...gila_unit.html, where maps can be viewed and downloaded. Printed copies of the large maps can also be viewed at the Safford Field Office, located at 711 14th Avenue in Safford, and the Safford City-Graham County Library (ask at desk for location).
The goal of the project is to complete a Travel Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) that will determine route designations. Public comments will be considered during development of the alternatives for the EA; specific suggestions will be incorporated into the action items within the Travel Management Plan where appropriate.

Comments on the maps can be submitted to the BLM by email to [email protected], by fax to 928-348-4450, or by mail to 711 14th Avenue, Safford, AZ 85546. If you would like to discuss the plan or have any questions about this project, please contact Safford Field Office outdoor recreation planner Deb Morris at 928-348-4417.
JUST REMEMBER, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IS CRUCIAL TO KEEP RECREATION AREAS OPEN; PLEASE GET INVOLVED!
Thanks in advance for your support,
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
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