La Posa Travel Management Plan (TMP)
Preliminary Environmental Assessment Available
Yuma, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office has announced that the La Posa Travel Management Plan preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for review starting today. There will be a 45-day public comment period and all comments must be received by close of business on December 21, 2013. The preliminary EA may be reviewed on the BLM internet website at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/travel_mgmt/la_posa.html.
To update the public on the preliminary EA, the BLM will hold an open house on
Thursday, November 21, 2013.
The open house will be held at the Quartzsite Community Center
located at 295 Chandler Street; Quartzsite, Arizona; from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
At the beginning of the meeting, there will be a brief presentation about the preliminary EA and travel management planning. Following the presentation, residents and interested parties can individually speak with local BLM specialists and managers regarding their questions and concerns. Maps will be on display for review, as well as general EA and travel management information.
Written comments about the preliminary EA for the La Posa TMP will be accepted through December 21, 2013. Comments postmarked by this date will be considered in making the final decision. The comments should be specific to be most effective. Comments should be mailed to BLM Yuma Field Office, Attention: Joe Raffaele; 2555 E. Gila Ridge Road; Yuma, Arizona 85365; or through email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The La Posa Travel Management Area surrounds Quartzsite, Arizona, and encompasses over 380,000 acres of public land in La Paz and Yuma Counties.
For more information about the open house, please contact Joe Raffaele at 928-317-3238.
BLM IS PROPOSING THE FOLLOWING:
"Alternative C (Proposed action): This alternative is intended to balance access and natural resource concerns within the TMA. As shown in Table 3.7.3, 54% of the mileage associated with ATV use and 55% of the mileage associated with 4-wheel drive use would remain open under this alternative. Similarly, 65% of the mileage associated with hunting, 86% of the mileage associated with hiking, and 81% of the mileage associated with camping would remain open. Finally, 66% of the mileage associated with rock hounding and 55% of the mileage associated with vehicle exploring would remain open.
This alternative also addresses the RMP’s mandate to provide a unique set of recreational experiences and opportunities within each PRS. This alternative most adequately represents the BLM’s efforts to provide the recreational experiences and opportunities outlined in the RMP. As shown in Table 3.7.4, 55% of routes within the Semi-Primitive PRS would be closed, 65% of the routes in the Rural Natural PRS would be closed, 56% of the routes in the Rural Developed PRS would be closed, 11% of the roads in the Suburban PRS would be closed, and 59% of the roads in the Urban PRS would be closed under this alternative."
The full Environmental Assessment report is available online at: http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/az/pdfs/travel_mgmt/la_posa/prelim.Par.57286.File.dat/LaPosa-prelim-EA.pdf