The Bureau of Land Management provides an Interactive Online Map for their proposed OHV trail plan that will help you analyze the alternatives and submit your comments. Public Comments are being accepted now through Thursday, June 14, 2018. Review the article below, or download this guide as a PDF.
1) Visit blm.gov in your browser, then enter “West Mojave” into the Search tool on the top right of the webpage.
2) On the search results page, select the first item on the list, “West Mojave Route Network Project.”
3) Click “Interactive Online Map” from the “EPlanning” menu on the right side.
Note: If you are on a mobile device, you may need to scroll to near the bottom of the page.
The Interactive Online Map will open in a new browser window. At the top of the screen, you will find icons that assist in using map. Click the “+” and “–” buttons to zoom in and out, and use your mouse to scroll across the map. At the bottom of the page are a Glossary and Public Comment instructions that can be collapsed to see more of the map.
Understanding the Alternatives
To assist the agency decision maker and the public in focusing on appropriate solutions to planning issues, the Draft EIS considers four Alternatives:
Alternative 1: No-Action Alternative (Same as Currently, 6,074 miles of motorized routes)
Alternative 2: Emphasis on Conservation (5,231 miles of motorized routes)
Alternative 3: Emphasis on Recreation (10,864 miles of motorized routes)
Alternative 4: Preferred Alternative by the BLM (6,313 miles of motorized routes)
Note: Select the Question mark button from among the tools at the top of the map to view details on each alternative.
We recommend you begin your focus on the Preferred Alternative, Alternative #4, which the BLM proposes to implement. Compare and contrast how it is different than the No Action Alternative, Alternative #1, and note how it differs from the current management strategy.
Using the Layers
When the map first loads, only the No Action Alternative, Alternative #1, is visible. To view the other alternatives, click the Layers button to show the Layer List.
Use the check box on the left to toggle a layer on or off. Click the three dots on the right to move a layer up or down, or to change its opacity.
The first layer on the Layer List is the top layer of the map, and the bottom layer is underneath all other layers. You may need to reorder layers or toggle off other layers above it to view the layer you wish to view.
Understanding the Route Types
In Alternatives 1, 2 & 3 BLM’s OPEN routes are designated as either “Motorized,” “Non-Motorized,” or “Non-Mechanical.” A route that is identified as a “Translinear Disturbance” is NOT OPEN for motorized or mechanized travel. Click on the tiny triangle left of the check box to reveal the legend of color codes for the designations in each a layer.
A “translinear disturbance” is any route of travel, motorized or non-motorized, showing evidence of use on the BLM’s aerial and satellite imagery that was not designated open. They could be roads, motorcycle or bicycle trails, or foot paths, and each has been analyzed for its potential environmental impacts. A route proposed as open in one alternative might be listed as a “translinear disturbance” in an other.
How to Comment on a Route
Using the Interactive Online Map you can view every route contained in each alternative, and whether it is designated open or remains a Translinear Disturbance.
When you zoom in and click on a route, a popup window yields detailed information about that route, including its proposed designation for each Alternative Layer you have made visible. Use the button in the top right of the popup window to scroll through the panels and view all of the data for the selected layers.
After reviewing a route on the map you may want something about it to be changed. For example, you might want a route designated “Motorized” that is not proposed open in the Preferred Alternative, Alternative #4.
To easily submit your request, click the link in the popup window that reads “Submit Comment on Route” and the Public Comment Email Form will load in a new window or tab of your browser.
Because the form is already pre-populated with the Project Name and Route ID, you only need to complete the Email Text.
TIP: If commenting on several routes, copy your name and mailing address into a notes app so you can quickly and easily paste it into each comment form.
Note: If a route is proposed OPEN in Alternative 2, 3, or 4, but is NOT shown as currently OPEN in Alternative 1, DO NOT DRIVE OR RIDE on that route as you may be cited!
Ride or drive only on routes that are currently signed OPEN.
Public comments can also be submitted via:
Fax: (951) 697-5299 Attn: WMRNP Plan Amendment
Mail: Bureau of Land Management
California Desert District
Attn: WMRNP Plan Amendment
22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92553