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Notice of Intent To Amend the Resource Management Plan for the
White River Field Office and Prepare an Associated Environmental
Assessment for Travel and Transportation Management, Colorado

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969, as amended (NEPA); and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act
of 1976, as amended (FLPMA); the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) White
River Field Office (WRFO), Meeker, Colorado, intends to prepare a
Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment with an associated
Environmental Assessment (EA) for the WRFO. By this notice the WRFO is
announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public
comments and identify issues.

DATES: Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until November
16, 2015.
The BLM will announce the date(s) and location(s) of any
scoping meetings at least 15 days in advance through local news media,
newspapers and the BLM Web site at: The BLM must receive all comments prior to the close of the 30-day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting,
whichever is later, in order for them to be included in the analysis.
We will provide additional opportunities for public participation as

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria
related to the WRFO's Travel and Transportation Management RMP
amendment/EA by any of the following methods:
     Web site:
     Fax: 970-989-3805.
     Mail: BLM, White River Field Office, 220 East Market St.,
Meeker, CO 81641.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the White
River FO.

Environmental Coordinator; telephone 970-878-3855; address White River
FO (see address above); email Contact Ms. Sauls to have
your name added to our mailing list. Persons who use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above
individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours
a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above
individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document provides notice that the WRFO,
Meeker, Colorado, intends to prepare an RMP amendment with an
associated EA for the White River Planning Area, announces the
beginning of the scoping process, and seeks public input on issues and
planning criteria. The RMP amendment will address comprehensive
transportation and travel management planning and will amend the 1997
WRFO RMP. At a minimum, the RMP amendment will consider designation of
all public lands within the planning area as ``open areas'' for off-
road vehicle use, ``limited areas'' for off-road vehicle use, or
``closed areas'' to off-road vehicle use. The RMP amendment will also
consider whether to further restrict other modes of transport (e.g.,
mechanized and non-motorized) through area allocations and allowable
use decisions.
The BLM will also address whether or not exceptions
should be granted within closed or limited areas and provide general
direction for how to address resource conflicts during future
implementation-level planning. The planning area is located in Rio
Blanco, Moffat and Garfield counties, Colorado, and encompasses
approximately 1.5 million acres of public land.
    The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant
issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis,
including alternatives, and guide the planning process.

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