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Contact: Barbara Bassler (BLM), (208)732-7200
PUBLIC MEETINGS FOCUS ON TRAVEL MANAGEMENT
AT CRATERS OF THE MOON
ARCO – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Park Service (NPS) will host a series of open-house public meetings to begin a Comprehensive Travel Management Plan (Travel Plan) for the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve (Monument).
According to Doug Neighbor, NPS Superintendent for the Monument, the Travel Plan will identify a system of all motorized and non-motorized access within the Monument. “This travel planning effort will focus on identifying the types of use and seasons of use appropriate on roads, primitive roads, and trails within this desert environment,” Neighbor noted. “We are seeking public input at this initial stage of the process as we shape the future of travel within the Monument.”
Each meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on the following dates:
· Tuesday, October 16: American Falls City Hall, 550 North Oregon Trail, American Falls
· Thursday, October 18: Rupert City Hall, 624 F Street, Rupert
· Tuesday, October 23: Carey School Multipurpose Room, 20 Panther Lane, Carey
· Thursday, October 25: Arco/Butte Business Incubation Center (BIC), 159 N. Idaho Street, Arco
“At these meetings, we will provide the public an opportunity to help determine the outcome of the Travel Plan process,” added Holly Hampton, Monument Manager for the BLM. Although we must consider agency laws and regulations when making these decisions, we value the knowledge and concerns of those who study, live, work and recreate on public lands.”
Presidential Proclamation 7373 that expanded the Monument in November 2000 directed the BLM and NPS to develop a transportation plan following completion of a joint management plan for the Monument. The Record of Decision for the Monument Management Plan was signed in September 2006.
More information about the travel management process may be obtained by contacting the Shoshone Field Office at 208-732-7200 or the Craters of the Moon National Monument headquarters at 208-527-3257. Information about submitting comments is also available at http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/fo/shoshone/travel_management.html.