View Full Version : Wanna learn strategy for keeping BLM lands open? Read this.

04-05-2007, 04:52 PM
A while back we sent out an informational update on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) since then we've had numerous requests to forward the information on. So here is your second chance to read the information and pass it along to anyone who didn't get a chance to read it before.
As always, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Brian Hawthorne
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102
Dear Access Advocates,
I thought I'd pass along some updates from the BLM WO. Some of this might be useful to you when writing comments or otherwise working with the BLM.
In the "by the way" department; BLM's been doing some extensive updates of their website. It's much improved. If you haven't visited it lately, take a look: http://www.blm.gov (http://www.sharetrails.org/alertlist/redirect.cfm?ID=1763&MID=504&LID=41)
Some new things of note:
The BLM finished up a Technical Reference guide on route inventories:
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Technical Reference 9100-1
Travel and Transportation Management Planning and Conducting Route Inventories
http://www.blm.gov/nstc/library/pdf/TR9113-1.pdf (http://www.sharetrails.org/alertlist/redirect.cfm?ID=1764&MID=504&LID=41)
There are also a couple of new items on BLM's technical notes webpage (a great resource, by the way). In addition to the Inventory Guide, you can find the Road and Trail Terminology Report at this public web site.
See: http://www.blm.gov/nstc/library/techno2.htm (http://www.sharetrails.org/alertlist/redirect.cfm?ID=1765&MID=504&LID=41)
I've also attached BLM's Unified Strategy. This is a new Instruction Memorandum (IM) describing how best to implement the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Priorities for Recreation and Visitor Services Workplan (Purple Book). It also contains recreation planning information and recommended processes that augment Section II, C and D, of Appendix C to the Land Use Planning Handbook H-1601-1. (BLM's Manuals and Handbooks are available here: http://www.blm.gov/nhp/efoia/wo/woerr.html (http://www.sharetrails.org/alertlist/redirect.cfm?ID=1766&MID=504&LID=41))
This IM affirms the BLM's commitment to implementing a Unified Strategy that delivers a collaborative recreation and visitor services planning and management framework. According to the BLM, the Unified Strategy provides overall guidance implementing seven Workplan program objectives and institutionalizes them into the BLM's recreation programs, policies, guidance, and budget formulation.
This IM may well become critical to ongoing and future land use planning efforts. It is supposed to provide a logical, structured framework for analyzing recreation-tourism market demand for recreational activities, experiences, and benefit opportunities. It also provides long-term sustainability of the character of recreation settings and services and the infrastructures that support them.
BLM says this approach is essential for effectively assessing and evaluating the effects that proposed land use allocations and individual resource projects or uses have on recreation activities, experiences, outcomes, and recreation settings, especially in designated Special Recreation Management Areas.
The Unified Strategy incorporates the principles of BLM's new Benefits-based Management (BBM), a results-based framework for planning and managing recreation resources. BLM's BBM is available on the Recreation and Visitor Services Advisory Team web site ( http://web.blm.gov/internal/wo-200/wo-250/RVSAT/index.htm (http://www.sharetrails.org/alertlist/redirect.cfm?ID=1767&MID=504&LID=41)). BBM is designed to facilitate and maximize benefits to individuals, communities, economies, and the environment.
Make special note of the way the guidance encourages partnerships, promotes leveraging of resources and requires community and regional landscape-level coordination.
Brian Hawthorne
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102