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Just recieved this information via e-mail...   LOTS of info to try to digest, but it appears closures of some of the trails some use, are about to be closed...

 

The Bureau of Land Management Hassayampa Field Office has approved the Black Canyon Corridor Travel Management Plan. The plan establishes a balanced travel and transportation network of roads, primitive routes, trails, and areas for both motorized and non-motorized uses. This completes an interactive and public planning process that involved many agencies, various user groups and members of the public. Travel management planning includes the inventory and mapping, route designations, and other measures necessary for providing access to and across public lands for a variety of uses. 
“This interactive process has been a great opportunity for people to share with us how and where they use BLM lands, and in doing so helping inform a balanced land management approach for lands that the public can enjoy for various uses,” said Phoenix District Manager Leon Thomas. 

The plan designates 509 routes for motorized and non-motorized recreation in the Upper Agua Fria River, Bumble Bee and Lower Black Canyon travel management areas and encompasses the communities of Black Canyon City, Mayer, New River and Dewey-Humboldt in Yavapai and Maricopa counties, Arizona.   Approval of this plan represents the completion of a multi-year effort that started in early 2017 with the inventory of the travel network in the Project Area. The BLM completed a 30-day public scoping period from May 8, 2017 until June 6, 2017. Two open houses were held and there were approximately 84 people in attendance. The BLM held a 30-day public review and comment period from April 23, 2018 until May 22, 2018. Two open houses were held and there were approximately 116 people in attendance. During to changing administration priorities, in late September 2018 work on the plan was suspended. 

The Final Environmental Assessment, Travel Management Plan, route reports and oversized maps of the travel routes have been published on the following ePlanning website at: https://go.usa.gov/xnp5H (case sensitive). 

For more information contact: Chris Gammage, Outdoor Recreation Planner at: 623-580-5512.   

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Thanks for sharing - there's a lot of documents available on that website for consumption.

 

Important to note: For anyone checking out the documents/maps, BLM is going with "Alternative C".

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The more I look at it the more closures I see. Motorized Access is restricted to anything with a Solid Green Line.

The Dashed Green Line is open to hikers, horses, and mountain bikers. Red is obviously restricted or closed.

 

For ease of access, here are some direct links to the maps that were approved (Alternative C).

 

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on quick glance it looks to me like the popular Turkey Creek trail is being closed (among with many others).

 

anyone know why most of the Table Mesa area trails aren't shown at all (as open or closed) - did they already publish a plan for that area previously?

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7 minutes ago, theksmith said:

on quick glance it looks to me like the popular Turkey Creek trail is being closed (among with many others).

 

Turkey Creek is still open (thankfully). I double checked it against Gaia. It only has a short stint on BLM land, then jumps to National Forest land. It's on Map 3 listed as BC1168.

 

It's a real PITA to look at those crappy maps. I hope they'll release some digital data like the MVUM.

 

7 minutes ago, theksmith said:

anyone know why most of the Table Mesa area trails aren't shown at all (as open or closed) - did they already publish a plan for that area previously?

 

Noticed that too. For example, the road to Tip Top (and the Boulder Creek trail to Packer) aren't anywhere on their maps, despite them being within the "Black Canyon Management Plan" area.

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On 10/25/2021 at 12:36 PM, theksmith said:

anyone know why most of the Table Mesa area trails aren't shown at all (as open or closed) - did they already publish a plan for that area previously?

 

If you look closely, you might notice that there scooped out the Table Mesa area. Note the black outlines which denote the “corridor” that is the scope of the plan.

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Pretty major update on this. BLM cancelled the TMP for the Black Canyon Corridor. 🙂
 

Big ups to @Large_Marge for sharing the news via AZBCE on the ORP Facebook page!

 

Updates project status can be found here:

 

https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/78300/510

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