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#1160 - 02/04/01 12:37 PM MOAB RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED
Bobby Administrator Offline
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MOAB RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED (forwarded by NOHVCC Ohio State Rep. Bill Kaeppner):

Subject: Fw: Notice of Travel Restrictions, Moab

If you love Moab, you'll hate this one.This hurts Off roaders and Mountain Bikers.


Subject: Notice of Travel Restrictions, Moab

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[UT-062-01-1220-AA]

Notice of Travel Restrictions

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), DOI.
ACTION: Notice of Travel Restrictions, Moab Field Office, Utah.

SUMMARY: This notice places restrictions on travel by off-road vehicles (ORV's) and mountain bikes on specific public land administered by the BLM Moab Field Office. These actions are necessary to halt ongoing impacts and prevent future degradation of resource values. They are being implemented on an interim basis to protect resource values and public safety, pending revision of the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the area administered by the BLM Moab Field Office. This notice also affirms and describes previous travel restrictions that remain in effect.

DATES: This notice is effective January 22, 2001, and shall remain in effect until modified or the RMP is amended.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Russell von Koch, Resource Advisor,
BLM Moab Field Office
82 East Dogwood Avenue
Moab, Utah 84532 or
telephone 435-259-2100.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 1985, the Grand Resource Area RMP left the majority of the public land currently administered by the Moab Field Office as ``Open to Off-road Vehicle Use.'' Since publication of the plan, specific public land areas administered by the Moab Field Office have become destinations for travel by off-road vehicles users and mountain bikers. Cross-country travel off established roads and trails by motorized vehicles and mountain bikes is causing damage to scenic, cultural, soil, vegetation, and wildlife habitat resources in the high use areas identified below and, in some cases, is causing or threatens to cause considerable adverse effects to those resource values. Short-cutting, making parallel routes, detouring around challenging segments, and widening routes threaten the integrity of existing routes, reduce their value for commercial recreation and special events, and make them less attractive for recreation use. The proliferation of multiple routes off long established roads and trails also contributes to confusion among users as to their location on the ground and has led to more frequent search and rescue activity.

On several historic, interpretive, or recreational single-track trails, certain uses are incompatible with the protection of significant resource values or involve safety or management concerns. Specific actions are necessary to manage these routes.

New Travel Restrictions, Moab Travel Management Area (MTMA)

Travel by ORV's and mountain bikes, on public land in five areas administered by the Moab Field Office, is now limited to existing roads and trails, except where more restrictive designations apply as described below under Existing Designations. Cross-country travel in these five areas, collectively referred to as the Moab Travel Management Area (MTMA), is prohibited, except for travel by mountain bike and two-wheel motorcycle on established slickrock riding areas (Bartlett Wash slickrock area, Tusher Canyon slickrock area, and slickrock areas along the Monitor and Merrimac and Lower Monitor and Merrimac trails), where such use does not further disturb vegetation or soils. To protect public safety and enhance user experience, BLM will provide maps of, and sign and mark recommended routes.

Under this action, approximately 245,642 acres currently designated as Open to ORV travel will be managed as ORV and mountain bike Travel Limited to Existing Roads and Trails. This change involves 25 percent of the land currently Open to ORV use and 13 percent of the total public land within the Moab Field Office. The intent of these year- round ORV designation changes is to protect natural resource and scenic values from the adverse effects of cross-country travel, maintain the integrity of established travel routes, and provide for public safety until the RMP is revised.

MTMA 1 (approximately 15,031 acres, in 3 parcels) is northwest of Moab along the boundary of Arches National Park. It includes all public land south of Township 22 S, west of Arches National Park, east of U.S. Highway 191 and north of the private land at the mouth of Moab Canyon.

MTMA 2 (approximately 189,939 acres) is northwest of Moab. It includes all public land west of U.S. Highway 191; south of the Canyonlands Field Airport, the Mancos shale land already limited to existing roads and trails, the Levi Well Road, and the Tenmile Point Road; east of the public land already limited to existing roads and trails along the east side of the Green River rims, and north of the northern boundary of Canyonlands National Park, the block of State and Private land around Dead Horse Point State Park and Potash, and the land north of Utah Highway 279. Land inside this boundary (in South Sevenmile Canyon and the Colorado Riverway), where ORV travel is already limited to designated roads and trails remains so designated.

MTMA 3 (approximately 28,266 acres) is west and south of Moab. It includes all public land west of U.S. Highway 191; north of the southern rim of Kane Creek Canyon and the land on Hatch Point already designated as limited to existing roads; and east and south of the Colorado River. Land in the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area (WSA), which is closed to ORV use (subject to valid existing rights), and within the Colorado Riverway, where ORV use is limited to designated roads and trails, remains so designated.

MTMA 4 (approximately 6,558 acres) is northeast of Moab along the Entrada Bluffs Road. It includes an area bounded on the south by a one- half mile wide corridor along County Road 105 (Entrada Bluffs Road) and on the north by land already limited to existing roads and trails along the Dolores River.

MTMA 5 (approximately 5,848 acres) is northeast of Moab along the Utah/Colorado border. The area, which includes May Flat, is approximately 8 miles long and 2 miles wide. It is bordered by areas where ORV travel is currently limited to existing roads and trails on the north and west; private land to the southwest; the Colorado River on the south, and the Colorado-Utah state line near Rabbit Valley on the east.

Interpretive Trails Closed to Motorized and Mountain Bike Travel

The Sauropod Dinosaur Trackway Interpretive Trail, and the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Interpretive Trail are closed to motorized travel and mountain bike use to prevent resource damage to paleontological resources, scenic values, vegetation, and soils.

Single-Track Trails Closed to Motorized Travel

The following single-track trails are closed to motorized travel to prevent further damage to scenic values, soils, and vegetation along these narrow trails and to provide for public safety: (1) The entire Portal Trail from Jaycee Park to the top of Poison Spider Mesa;
(2) the Hunter Canyon Rim Trail from the drill hole at the end of the Hunter Canyon Rim ORV route to the Kane Creek Road;
(3) the Hidden Valley Trail from its trailhead in Spanish Valley to the boundary of the Behind the Rocks WSA.

Implementation

Maps showing all current Moab Field Office ORV designations are available for public review at the Moab Field Office. The designations are also shown on a map on the Moab Field Office's website at http://www.blm.gov/utah/moab. BLM will provide public land users with information about travel restrictions using brochures, signs, and bulletin boards with maps at major entry areas. It will protect key areas from further cross-country travel using signs and simple barriers as appropriate. Enforcement actions will be taken as necessary. BLM will provide maps of, and mark and sign recommended routes.

Future Planning

These travel restrictions are an interim measure to protect resource values and route integrity by prohibiting cross-country use and use on the specific single-track trails identified above until the RMP is revised. Revision of the RMP will address long term travel management across a range of management options.

Existing Designations

Except for those formerly Open areas where travel is now Limited to Existing Roads and Trails, this notice does not change the ORV designations made through the RMP or previously published Federal Register travel notices covering the public land administered by the Moab Field Office. These designations are affirmed and described below. The travel designation map on the Moab Field Office website shows all applicable travel designations.

Closed Areas

The Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area, Negro Bill Canyon, and the east side of Westwater Canyon are closed to ORV use subject to valid existing rights. The Windwhistle and Hatch Point Campgrounds, the Canyonlands, Needles, and Anticline Overlooks, and the Onion Creek sensitive plant site are closed to ORV use off developed roads. The Black Ridge Wilderness Area is also closed to ORV and mechanized travel by act of Congress through the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Act of 2000.

Limited to Designated Roads and Trails Areas

ORV Travel in the Mill Creek and East Mill Creek areas and the Colorado Riverway is limited to designated routes. ORV and mountain bike travel in the Sand Flats Recreation Area, the Kens Lake area, the Sevenmile Canyon area, and the NW \1/4\ of Section 24 and the SW \1/4\ of Section 13, T. 25 S., R. 20 E. S.L.M. in the Little Canyon area is limited to designated routes.

Limited to Existing Roads and Trails Areas

The 1985 RMP designated the Mancos shale areas in the Cisco and Green River desert areas; the Colorado, Green, and Dolores river corridors; portions of the Canyon Rims Recreation Area, and the area between Dead Horse Point State Park and the Colorado River as limited to existing roads and trails.

Exceptions

The travel restrictions in this notice do not apply to wheelchairs, water craft, military, fire, emergency, or law enforcement vehicles used for emergency purposes, vehicles expressly permitted by the BLM, or BLM vehicles required for official use, and are subject to valid existing rights.

Authority: Pub. L. 94-579, E. O. 11644, E. O. 11989, 43 CFR 8341.2, 43 CFR 8364.1

Dated: January 12, 2001.
Sally Wisely, State Director.
[FR Doc. 01-1595 Filed 1-19-01; 8:45 am]





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#1161 - 02/04/01 08:54 PM Re: MOAB RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED [Re: Bobby]
Greg Offline
Vet AMSA Director

Registered: 12/18/00
Posts: 1277
Loc: Austin, TX
I like the way they cover their A$$ by saying the restrictions don't apply to wheelchairs. Yeah - they're all over the slickrock, those extreme wheelchair riders, wheelying and leaving skidmarks all over the place. It cracks me up, then I want to cry!

Another example of a group who somehow got some power and decided that they should be able to enjoy the scenery their way and nobody else can do it differently.

Greg





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#1162 - 02/11/01 09:31 AM Re: MOAB RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED [Re: Bobby]
XR650Rocketman Offline
Veteran Lunatic

Registered: 12/21/00
Posts: 661
Loc: Austin / Round Rock, Texas
Hey Bobby,
thanks for the heads up on this one.........Steve Jr and I are going to the Moab area for spring break.......I'll check out what's going on and let everyone know. In the meantime I'll check out the BLM link and try to figure out if it's going to put a crimp in our riding or not. Our XR's are street legal, I know that can keep us out of trouble in some places.
Keep up the good work, maybe this is not as bad as it could be.
Steve Smith

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XR650Rocketman
www.RiderDown.org in memory of MiniRocketman
68 Honda SS125A
00 Honda XR650R D/S
04 honda XR650R D/S
00 Honda XR250R D/S
02 Honda CRF450
02 KTM 200EXC
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#1163 - 02/16/01 02:52 PM Re: MOAB RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED [Re: XR650Rocketman]
Lumberjack Offline
Trail Blazer

Registered: 12/07/00
Posts: 2685
Loc: Cedar Park, TX
There is an article in the current issue of AMA mag that may address this and some legal action used to delay or prevent this. Steve let me know if you want that article before you go.

Larry


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#1164 - 02/26/01 09:24 PM Re: MOAB RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED [Re: Bobby]
XR650Rocketman Offline
Veteran Lunatic

Registered: 12/21/00
Posts: 661
Loc: Austin / Round Rock, Texas
However...on a brighter note...I recently contacted the Moab field office of the BLM.....I asked a lot of questions about riding legally in the Moab area and was really suprised to get back, in the mail, a very friendly hand written note answering some of the questions along with some BLM publications answering the rest. As best as I can see there are thousands of miles of trails that we are more than welcome to ride on when son (XR250R) and I go up there for spring break. It appears that a lot of potential problems are avoided simply by us riding street legal bikes. This will be our first bike riding trip to Utah and we'd welcome any tips from anyone with experience riding in that area.
XR650R

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Steve Smith
XR650Rocketman
www.RiderDown.org in memory of MiniRocketman
68 Honda SS125A
00 Honda XR650R D/S
04 honda XR650R D/S
00 Honda XR250R D/S
02 Honda CRF450
02 KTM 200EXC
82 Super Sport Wife.

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#1165 - 02/26/01 10:33 PM Re: MOAB RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED [Re: XR650Rocketman]
Bobby Administrator Offline
Head Honcho

Registered: 11/16/00
Posts: 3428
Loc: Spring, Texas
That's good news. Thanks for taking the time to keep us informed on all that. If you have a website link or any info they passed you about where to look for more info on the web, I'd appreciate anything you can drop on us here. To add links to websites and all, read the FAQs and look for the tag for [url].....while you're in Moab, maybe you could get some pictures?

Don't forget to tell the locals and others in Moab about us and tell them to drop by and keep us informed about what's up as things happen....now that would be cool, to have an insiders' line on what's happening in Moab!


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