BLM extends public comment period for Sombrillo Travel Management Plan Route Inventory from Jan 1 to Jan 31, 2022 Categories: BLM Action, BLM Communication Timelines: BLM Sombrillo Area of Critical Environmental Concern

The BLM Taos Field Office announced they were extending the period of public comments on the Sombrillo Travel Management Plan Route Inventory.

No reason was given for extending the public comment period.

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The Route Inventory comment deadline has been extended to January 31, 2022. Locate the files dated 11/19/2021 at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/120294/570.

Examples of substantive comments include:

Route 245F should be open for administrative use. I need the road to access my private land for which I have a Right-of-Way.
Route 215Fshould be closed as it crosses private property and fence cutting and illegal dumping occur on a regular basis.
Route 575F should be rerouted to connect with 578F to avoid Rock and Roll Creek to decrease erosion and limit the number of creek crossings.
GPS location___.____.____ would be a good location on public lands to build a parking area that should include 5 pull-through horse trailers parking spots as well as 10 additional vehicle parking spots.

Tips for providing substantive comments:

• Include any knowledge, experience or evidence as it relates to your observations and comments-

Examples:

“Route 575F has conflicts between bikers and hikers due to bikers speed, it should be designated as mountain bikes only with directional use”
OR “Route 575F has conflicts between hikers and bikers but it is the only route to Route 576, 577, 578 and should include design features that slow the speed of mountain bikes and designated as Non-motorized”.
“At Rock and Roll Creek I observe 5 ATV trailers every weekend and 10 cars with bike racks parking along the shoulder. This would be a good spot for a multiple use trailhead with 10 trailer parking spots and room for an addition 20 cars and an information kiosk”.

• Provide GPS readings or landmarks, if possible, when referring to specific locations.

Present new information.

• Share issues relevant to the environmental analysis.

• Suggest alternatives to the proposed project and the reason(s) why they should be considered.

Examples of comments that are not substantive include:

Stop closing our roads
Stating only that you agree or disagree with a policy, resource decision, analysis finding or presented alternative.
Avoid comments like “I don’t like this” or “I do like this”.
Form letters or identical “copied” comments

Official responses must occur through the following options:

Eplanning via the Participate Now link
Print out or save the comment form an E-mail to BLM_NM_TAFO_Admin@blm.gov
Or submit your paper comment forms to:

Outdoor Recreation Planner

Sombrillo Travel Management

Taos Field Office

226 Cruz Alta Road

Taos, NM 87571

Any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us via BLM_NM_TAFO_Admin@blm.gov or you can contact the Taos Field Office at (575) 758-8851 and the public room can direct your call to someone on my team who is available to answer questions on the travel management process.

As my teams places the comments in the administrative record, we will send you a note that your comment has been received. As we develop or change the planning schedule, these updates will be located on the e-planning link above.

If you do not wish to receive these updates, please respond and we will remove you from the e-mail list.

Judy Culver

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