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Notice of Proposed Supplementary Rules for Public Lands in

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed supplementary rules.


SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing supplementary
rules to protect natural resources and provide for public health and
safety. The proposed supplementary rules would apply to all public
lands and BLM facilities in Colorado.

DATES: You should submit your comments by December 5, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by the following methods: Mail or

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deliver to John Bierk, State Chief Ranger, BLM Colorado State Office,
2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, CO 80215. You may also submit
comments via email to (include ``Proposed Supplementary
Rules'' in the subject line).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Bierk, State Chief Ranger (see
ADDRESSES listed above), or by phone at (303) 239-3893. Persons who use
a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (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.


I. Public Comment Procedures

    Written comments on the proposed supplementary rules should be
specific, confined to issues pertinent to the proposed supplementary
rules, and explain the reason for any recommended change. Where
possible, comments should reference the specific section or paragraph
of the proposed supplementary rules that the comments are addressing.
The BLM is not obligated to consider or include in the Administrative
Record for the final supplementary rules comments delivered to an
address other than the one listed above (see ADDRESSES) or that the BLM
receives after the close of the comment period (see DATES), unless they
are postmarked or electronically dated before the deadline. Comments,
including names, street addresses, and other contact information of
respondents, will be available for public review at the address listed
above during regular business hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday, except on Federal holidays). Before including your
address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying
information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire
comment--including your personal identifying information--may be made
publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to
withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

II. Background

    The BLM Colorado State Office has issued various statewide
supplementary rules to protect natural resources and provide for public
health and safety since 1990. Individual BLM field offices have also
issued various supplementary rules for travel management, protection of
natural resources, and public health and safety since 1995. Although
these supplementary rules have addressed a wide variety of natural
resource and public health and safety concerns, evolving social trends
and recreational uses of public land have necessitated additional
statewide supplementary rules.

III. Discussion of the Proposed Supplementary Rules

    These proposed supplementary rules would apply to all public lands
and BLM facilities in Colorado. Proposed supplementary rule numbers 1-
11 would address general public conduct on public lands and at BLM
facilities. Many of these proposed supplementary rules were
intentionally written using language found in Title 18 of the Colorado
Revised Statutes.
    Proposed supplementary rule numbers 12-16 would address resource
damage and public safety concerns involving the use of exploding
targets, flammable devices, and target shooting. The BLM consulted with
the Shooting Sports Roundtable during the drafting of the proposed
supplementary rules. The Shooting Sports Roundtable requested that the
proposed rules be clear, specific, and enforceable, and asked the BLM
to provide a comprehensive outreach effort prior to enforcement.
    The BLM incorporated most of the recommendations from the Shooting
Sports Roundtable into the proposed supplementary rules and is planning
to issue press releases, post the new supplementary rules on the BLM
State and Field Office Web sites, and will have BLM Law Enforcement
Rangers conduct public education activities.
    The BLM must consider risks to public safety and natural resources
in light of increasing fire danger and development in the wildland
urban interface. The USFS reported at least 16 wildfires were
associated with exploding targets in 2013, causing millions of dollars
in fire suppression costs and threatening the safety and well-being of
surrounding communities. The USFS subsequently issued an order banning
exploding targets in forests and grasslands in Colorado, Wyoming,
Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota in August 2013. Accordingly, the BLM
believes that the proposed supplementary rules regarding exploding
targets are warranted.
    Proposed supplementary rule numbers 17-19 clarify existing Federal
regulations found in 43 CFR 9264.1(h) relating to vehicles, game
animals, boating, and outfitters. Proposed supplementary rule number 20
would address mechanized vehicle use within Wilderness Study Areas
(WSA) off of a designated route. Until Congress makes a final
determination on a WSA, the BLM manages these areas to preserve their
suitability for designation as wilderness. Existing regulations in 43
CFR 8341.1 limit off-road vehicles to designated routes of travel, but
this part does not apply to non-motorized vehicles. Existing
regulations in 43 CFR 6302.20(d) restrict the use of mechanical
transport in a congressionally designated Wilderness Area, but do not
apply to WSAs. Proposed supplementary rule number 20 affirms that the
use of mechanical transport is generally prohibited in WSAs, consistent
with Resource Management Plan decisions.
    Proposed supplementary rule number 21 would address the burning of
wood or wood pallets containing nails or staples on public land.
Campsites in popular areas on public land are used repeatedly
throughout the spring, summer, and fall. As use increases, the
availability of firewood decreases, leading more campers to bring
construction debris or wood pallets containing nails or staples to use
as firewood. The nails and staples inadvertently end up in campfire ash
left at the campsite. In an effort to return campsites to a more
primitive condition, many campers scatter ashes and rock rings before
leaving their campsite. The nails or staples end up on the ground
surface, causing flat tires. Proposed supplementary rule number 21
would reduce the risk of tire damage and personal injury from discarded
nails and/or staples in popular camping areas.
    The proposed supplementary rules are in conformance with the
following Resource Management Plans (RMPs):
     Uncompahgre Basin RMP (1989);
     San Luis Resource Area RMP (1991);
     Gunnison RMP (1993);
     Royal Gorge RMP (1996);
     Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area and Black
Ridge Canyons Wilderness RMP (2004);
     Little Snake RMP (2010);
     Canyons of the Ancients National Monument RMP (2010);
     Tres Rios RMP (2015);
     Colorado River Valley RMP (2015);
     Kremmling RMP (2015);
     White River RMP (2015); and
     Grand Junction RMP (2015).

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