Lake Havasu City, Ariz. (Oct 20, 2010) - The public comment period for the Havasu Travel Management Plan and Environmental Assessment has been extended an additional four months to February 28, 2011.
“Since the public comment period started in August, we’ve received over 1,200 comments 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.
“Many people requested we extend the deadline so that winter visitors have a chance to comment and participate in the process as well,” McCoy added. “The Mohave County Board of Supervisors and Lake Havasu City elected officials also requested more time at recent meetings with BLM.”
McCoy concluded that the additional time will also allow BLM to look at routes that people have commented about or feel that BLM missed during the inventory process. Particular attention will be given to dry washes as they must be inventoried and mapped to be included in the trails network.
The Environmental 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 at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fo/lake_havasu_field.html 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.