Gold Butte Closed Trails - (map)

Issues on the BLMs Gold Butte/Mesquite Plans

Re: Gold Butte Closed Trails - (map)

Postby HoserRZR » Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:49 pm

Any updates to this one I am planning on riding the Longdale (adjacent to Gold Butte) here in a week or so.
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Re: Gold Butte Closed Trails - (map)

Postby HoserRZR » Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:56 pm

I am kinda new to this BLM trail closure thing so hopefully I wont sound too dumb but when they supply maps that can not be read or that are confusing how come we cant file a lawsuit against the BLM to one STOP or FREEZE the trail closure process until clear and precise maps and or other tools are provided to the general public then a reasonable amount of time (depending on the time, weather, location and amount of the trails in question) for the public to review the trails and comment?

This way its a completely fair and reasonable way for the BLM to manage their lands.

Can you go over the heads of the local office if you feel something is not being done correctly or a local office is not being reasonable?

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Gold Butte Closed Trails - (map)

Postby dj » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:15 pm

Several years ago the BLM held a series of Travel Management Plan meetings which ostensibly involved a large portion of citizenry of the Mesquite area who were understandably upset. The then BLM management of the Las Vegas office 'used' many of the citizens to scout trails and do mapping for them all the time giving assurances and promises that multi-use was the philosophy and "access" was the byword. The typical "four scenarios" were established and the "close em off" scenario made the populace infuriated. Even the "proposed scenario" was not in keeping with all the promises and committments the management had given the citizens.

However, the actual data and information (including closure maps) made available to the public were so obscure and unusable for the average citizen without a sextant or crystal ball that it had the INTENDED RESULT; namely, that it almost negated ANY LOCAL CITIZEN RESPONSE during the tiny deadline period. No extensions, no explanations and NO public notice of even the precise location of the maps were given.

The "proposed scenario" which was nearly like the "deny access scenario" was "decided upon" almost without citizen comment; however, for some reason, wasn't actually implemented (ostensibly due to funding issues - more likely do to an unfavorable political climate). Then several years later, a new field office directior and a new president began implementation of the closures with the aid of a local political action environmentalist group with deep pockets and a local paid lobbyist.

The map is to this day only available in the pathetic and proprietary Adobe PDF format in a size and composition which makes it nearly completely UN-readable or usable. As the citizen outrage grew, Offroading Home began collecting the "real" tracks for the trails which were undergoing sneak attack closures from one day to the next. Eventually, someone found the ostensibly secret, back-door link to the BLMs map and I tried to correlate it to the tracks we were obtaining. The resulting map in Google Earth format is available at this link: http://offroadinghome.blogspot.com/2010/05/gold-butte-closed-trails.html.

Unfortunately, due to the summer heat comming on and the fact of how poorly the map was constructed, without GPS coordinates, accurate labels or landmarks, has prevented the project from being completed. Perhaps this winter.
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