Deadline for comments to BLM: Friday, August 14
SPRNCA Travel Management Plan
FSPR encourages its members to comment to BLM on access to roads and trails identified in the SPRNCA route inventory before the deadline. Click below for details.
Do you enjoy hiking and nature in the quiet serenity of the San Pedro River Valley? Would motorized vehicles ruin the experience? Well, this scenario could happen. The Bureau of Land Management is currently revising the Transportation Management Plan (TMP) for the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA). At stake are the designation of roads and trails in the SPRNCA for motorized, mechanized (bicycles), horses and hiking. Groups have expressed an interest in opening up what are now closed areas within the SPRNCA for motorized vehicular traffic. One specific target is the Del Valle Road that runs just west of the San Pedro House all the way to Highway 90.
As an organization, The Friends of the San Pedro has gone to the BLM asking for continuation of the status quo, with most roads closed except for emergency and administrative (BLM) access. But BLM needs to hear from as many individuals as possible.
You can have your say in the decision making process. FSPR encourages its members to read the instructions in the TMP Public Meeting Presentation and make comments on the route inventory (make sure to reference route numbers). Route inventory maps from the July 14 public meeting are now posted on the Maps page under Travel Management (warning: LARGE files!). A hard copy map is also available for viewing in the lobby of the Forest Service/BLM building at 4070 E. Avenida Saracino on Highway 92. Comment forms are also available by the maps. Comments should describe routes you currently use, routes you wish you could use, and routes that need to be closed. To submit comments, download the PDF Route Inventory Feedback Form or download a word version from the BLM SPRNCA RMP Documents and Reports page (scroll to the bottom of the page and look under Travel Management Plan) and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a printed form to David McIntyre, BLM Tucson Field Office, 3201 East Universal Way, Tucson, AZ 85756.
The deadline for TMP route inventory comments to BLM is August 14, 2015.
On behalf of the Board of the Friends, thanks for your support of our mission!
The Friends of the San Pedro River