Local News Paper Articles About The Closure

Issues with BLMs Lake Havasu TMP

Re: Local News Paper Articles

Postby HoserRZR » Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:12 am

Here are some older articles http://www.parkerliveonline.com/2010/09 ... scheduled/ | Obtain the full summary map here: http://offroadinghome.blogspot.com/2010 ... sures.html .
Second Comment Writing Workshop Scheduled

Another comment writing workshop will be held in Lake Havasu at Schlotzsky’s on September 20th from 6-8 pm. This workshop will focus on what BLM is currently doing with land closures in Havasu and how you can write an effective comment to help keep our public lands open. Schlotzsky’s is located at: 2144 Mcculloch Blvd Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403. They will have food and drinks available during the workshop. For more information on the Havasu Travel Management Plan Click here.


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In light of the potential public land closures in the Lake Havasu area, many off roading enthusiasts are looking for support. Please read the following posting from the BLM in Lake Havasu. We only have until October 31, 2010 to voice our opinion.

The off-roading community injects millions into the regional economy. Tourism would be directly affected by closures. OHV clubs from California, Nevada and Utah have joined forces with Arizona OHV clubs to fight the closures and restrictions of public land.

The following was taken directly from the BLM website for your information:

The Havasu Travel Management Plan (TMP) is the second TMP of the Lake Havasu Field Office (LHFO), located below I-40 in Arizona and California, north, east and south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, including parts of the California shoreline and south within 5-7 miles of the Bill Williams River.

For over two years LHFO staff have met with and briefed officers and members of the Havasu, Bullhead and Parker 4-Wheelers, and other user groups and individuals to better inform the public of the TMP planning process, goals and objectives.

On August 18, 2010, BLM held a Public Open House in Lake Havasu City to correspond with the 30-day public review and comment period of August 17-Sept 17, 2010 and discuss the Havasu TMP Environmental Assessment (EA) route alternative maps and individual routes. Eighty-eight people attended the Open House and primarily voiced the opinion that 30-days aren’t enough time to review and comment for such a large and complex area. Accordingly the public review comment period has been extended to October 31, 2010.

Four alternative route network maps are on BLM’s Arizona State website. The alternatives are 1) No Action, 2) Protection Oriented, 3) Proposed by BLM and 4) Access Oriented. Public review and comment is being asked on both, route alternatives and individual or specific route designations of open, limited or closed.

Once public comment and input is compiled, assessed and considered, the Havasu TMP/EA and the activity or implementation plan will be placed on the BLM Arizona website. The public will be invited to review and comment for an additional 30 days. The number and nature or types of comments received will be shown. The BLM also will review the EA and TMP for accuracy, format, clarity and level of detail. The final documents will be signed and placed on the BLM Arizona web site upon completion. Please refer back to the BLM web site as updates occur.

Once approved, BLM will begin implementation by signing designated routes as shown on the approved Havasu TMP Map.

For more information about the Public Open House and the Havasu TMP, contact:

Myron McCoy, Outdoor Recreation Planner at the BLM Lake Havasu Field Office, 2610 Sweetwater, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406; telephone (928) 505-1216; begin_of_the_skype_highlighting toll free (888) 213-2582; email: Myron_mccoy@blm.gov or Lake_Havasu@blm.gov

Important Dates:
September 9, 2010: 6 pm – 8pm Havasu Springs, Letter Writing Workshop: If you want to write a letter but can’t find the words or need a little help getting started, you need to come to this workshop.

October 31, 2010: Deadline for public comment on land closures. Letters must be postmarked by this date.


http://www.parkerliveonline.com/2010/08 ... ils-issue/
BLM gives further opportunity to weigh in on off-road trails issue
The public comment period for BLM’s Havasu Travel Management Plan and Environmental Assessment has been extended to October 31, 2010.

“Since our open house on August 18, we’ve received over 500 comments from the public for consideration when we prepare the Environmental Assessment for the Havasu Travel Management Plan,” said Bureau of Land Management Lake Havasu Field Manager Ramone McCoy.

McCoy added that 88 people attended the open house and the BLM received many comments asking for the scoping period to be extended.

The Assessment will evaluate all of the motorized and non-motorized routes of travel and their affected resources in the current inventory of existing routes in the study area. The Assessment will have three transportation route network alternatives designating each route as open, limited or closed. The Havasu Travel Management Planning area generally includes public lands in the Lake Havasu Field Office south of Interstate 40 (both sides of the Colorado River), extending to five to seven miles north of the Bill Williams River.

Maps of the Havasu Unit can be reviewed online HERE or by contacting Myron McCoy, Outdoor Recreation Planner at the BLM Lake Havasu Field Office, 2610 Sweetwater, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406; telephone (928) 505-1216.

Public comments for consideration during the Environmental Assessment preparation need to be postmarked by October 31, 2010. Comments may also be faxed – (928) 505-1208 or emailed to lake_havasu@blm.gov.


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Re: Local News Paper Articles

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“Nearly 100 people” show to write letters to BLM

Last night’s meeting organized by Shane Miller of the Parker 4 Wheelers at Schlotzsky’s in Lake Havasu City was attended by almost 100 people, according to various people who were there.

The meeting was billed as a letter-writing workshop, a way to use the Bureau of Land Management’s current ‘public comment period’ to assert a strong public opposition to the closures of any off-road routes in the desert around Havasu. Off-road groups have mobilized in what they see as a threat to the recreational activities of four-wheeling, geocaching and other off-road activities.

“If they start shutting routes, or trails, down, it’s going to affect every single one of us and a lot more,” Miller is quoted in Today’s News-Herald as saying.

The effort is a response to BLM Lake Havasu Field Office’s Travel Management Plan, a proposal to close some trails used by the public for environmental reasons. Miller emphasized at the meeting that BLM is not the enemy, that there is a place for wildlife conservation and that he wanted to work with BLM on the issue.

Miller plans at least three more meetings before the end of the public comment period on October 31st.

See BLM’s proposals HERE. Comments may be faxed to (928) 505-1208 and emailed to lake_havasu@blm.gov. Shane Miller can be contacted at secretary@Parker4Wheelers.net.
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Local News Paper Articles About The Closure

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Hopefully others will find these useful I stumbled onto them by accident.

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Don’t refer to them as trails, make sure you stay on topic and provide alternate solutions.

Those were just a few of the dozens of suggestions Parker 4 Wheelers Secretary Shane Miller advised residents use when writing letters to the Bureau of Land Management about a plan that could close dozens of off-road routes in and around Lake Havasu City. Miller hosted a workshop, in front of nearly 100 concerned campers, geo-cachers, business owners and off-road enthusiasts Monday evening at Schlotzsky’s Deli, 2144 N McCulloch Blvd.

“It’s really nice to see this many people concerned because this is something that affects us all,” Miller told the crowd. “I just wanted to bring this to the community of Havasu so we all know what’s going on. If they start shutting routes, or trails, down, it’s going to affect every single one of us and a lot more.”

The workshop focused on the BLM’s Havasu Travel Management Plan, which includes an environmental assessment evaluating area trails with a transportation route network designating each route as open, limited or closed. The area generally includes public lands in the Lake Havasu field office south of Interstate 40 (both sides of the Colorado River), extending to five to seven miles north of the Bill Williams River, according to BLM officials.

Miller said the most effective comment letters address specific issues and concerns with the plans, including questioning sources and methods for the plan, assessing the potential financial impact on the city and businesses and arguing for alternatives. But he stressed that the BLM is “not the enemy” and recommended all letters treat the organization with respect.

“I understand that there may be (animals and wildlife) and some sensitive areas where we should probably keep away from,” Miller said. “They are not the enemy, they are just doing their jobs. But there is probably a lot they have not considered here and that’s what our letters should address.”

Havasu resident Tom Foster said he attended Monday night’s meeting because he wants to write a letter telling the BLM how the potential closures could affect the city’s economy.

“The off-road routes out here are one of the main attractions in this town,” Foster said. “We do a lot of riding out there four-wheeling and on side-by-sides. … I have to believe (the possible closures) could have a negative impact on the economy here. What is going to be the incentive to buy or ride off-road vehicles if we’re limited to a small area to ride in or don’t have anywhere to go?”

Foster agreed that BLM officials should be treated with respect when people write letters.

“I’ve spoken with a number of them at our local office and they seem just as concerned about this as we are,” he said. “I don’t think this is something they’re doing because they want to close trails. They just want to do their jobs. They’ve been very helpful to us and we should work together with them on this.”

Local community members recently banded together to send about 800 e-mails, which BLM officials cited as the reason for an extension of the original public comment period to Oct. 31. Miller said he plans to host at least three more workshops before the deadline.

BLM officials previously said the organization was looking at closing several routes because of the possible “negative environmental impact” on the area. Officials also have confirmed that trail proliferation, or the simplifying of routes, and possible effects on endangered species in the area are potential reasons for the proposed closures.

Maps of the Havasu Unit can be reviewed online at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fo/lake_havasu_field.html or by contacting BLM Lake Havasu Field Office Outdoor Recreation Planner Myron McCoy at 505-1216. Comments may also be faxed to 928-505-1208 or e-mailed to lake_havasu@blm.gov. Public comments for consideration during the Environmental Assessment preparation need to be postmarked by Oct. 31.

To contact Shane Miller with concerns, questions or to request a copy of Miller’s presentation, residents are asked to e-mail him at secretary@Parker4Wheelers.net.
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