Colorado BLM’s environmental assessment (EA) for Hartman Rocks Recreation Area could mean more motorized recreation opportunities.
According to the BlueRibbon Coalition, the Colorado Bureau of Land Management Gunnison Field Office has released an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the BLM Management Plan for the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area. A full-sized trail map for the area can be viewed HERE.
The EA analyzed a proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment to designate Hartman Rocks as a Special Recreation Management Area, to close a 4363-acre area to recreational target shooting, and to limit winter travel with tracked vehicles to designated groomed trails.
But the EA also proposed action that allows for increased recreation use and resource protection through the designation of dispersed campsites, vault toilet construction, a trials riding area, a rock crawling area, an off-highway vehicle play area, groomed ski trails and much more.
The popular Hartman Rocks receives heavy visitation from hikers, runners, mountain bikers, motorcycle and off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, dispersed target shooters, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, rock climbers, campers and many more. Prior to preparing the EA, the BLM consulted with recreation users, government agencies and organizations.
To review the proposed RMP Amendment, EA and Finding of No Significant Impact, go to http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gfo.html. The protest period for this proposed RMP Amendment ends September 2, 2014. Guidance on the protest process is available on the website. The BLM will publish a Decision Record following resolution of any protests.