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Shelf Road Access Shizzou
Submitted By: Michael Komarnitsky on Jul 3, 2003

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  • *SHELF ROAD ACTION ALERT**
BLM Developing Travel Management Plan


HELP PROTECT THE SOLITUDE OF THE SHELF ROAD CLIMBING AREA
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is developing a travel management plan for off-road vehicles (ORVs) and other recreation use on 350,000 acres of interspersed private, state, and BLM lands between Canon City and Cripple Creek. This area is known as the Gold Belt Travel Management Area, and it includes the Shelf Road climbing area. Low population and rugged terrain have kept most of these lands relatively pristine. However, the area has recently been discovered by growing numbers of off-road vehicle users. ORV advocates are well organized, vocal, and have been lobbying the BLM for greater access.

Intensive ORV use will have an adverse effect on the Shelf climbing experience, degrade wildlife habitat and water quality, and increase noise pollution and soil erosion. The BLM is now in the process of deciding how much of the area will be available to ORVs and how much will remain wild and provide solitude.

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO COMMENT BY JULY 18
The BLM has held two scoping meetings (to identify important issues and develop alternatives) and is now in the process of developing the Travel Management Plan. Now is the time to comment! Please encourage the BLM to restrict ORV use to existing roads, and most importantly, not to allow their use in or near the Shelf Road climbing area!

The BLM is accepting comments until July 18. You can submit your comments via mail, email or fax to:

BLM Royal Gorge Field Office
Gold Belt TMP comments
Attn: Dave Walker
3170 E. Main St. Canon City, CO 81212
rgfo_comments@blm.gov
Fax: 719/269-8599

For more information on the plan, contact:
Dave Walker, Travel Plan Coordinator
Royal Gorge BLM
719/269-8500

The Access Fund 2475 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304 303/545-6772

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