BLM Completes Wolford Mountain Travel Management Plan
CO January 24, 2005 - Today, the Bureau of Land
announced the completion of the
Wolford Mountain Travel Management Plan, which involves 33,152 acres of
public land a few miles north of Kremmling, Colorado.
The plan designates routes for both Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) motorized
and non-motorized uses in the Wolford Mountain area - while protecting
the area's natural and cultural resources. The project received
extensive input from the Friends of Wolford Mountain, Rocky Mountain
Recreation Initiative group, motorized users, permittees, landowners,
and State and local agencies. The largest stakeholders include
the environmental community and the motorized users.
The Wolford Mountain area provides vital habitat for the greater sage
grouse and is a critical winter range for elk, antelope and deer.
It also serves the interests of a variety of recreation enthusiasts who
enjoy camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, wildlife
viewing, hunting, off-roading and other recreational activities.
A 1984 Resource Management Plan referred to the project area as a
"Resource Conservation Area" and listed it as a location where OHVs
were to be limited to designated roads and trails. An "OHV
Implementation Plan" was developed in 1988; however, existing roads and
trails were not inventoried at that time, and designations were
deferred until an inventory could be completed.
An inventory was begun in 2001, when the level of increased motorized
use and its associated impacts warranted an inventory, assessment and
route designations. A site-specific environmental assessment of
the area was completed in 2004. "The final plan designates
motorized and non-motorized uses in the Wolford Mountain area," said
Kremmling Field Manager John Ruhs. "Yet, it manages to conserve
the area’s natural resources and other uses."
The Wolford Mountain Travel Management Plan reduces the miles of OHV
motorized routes from 231 to 167. It eliminates cross-country
motorized travel and designates the use of the 167 miles of roads and
trails as follows (figures are approximations):
- 105 miles of routes are designated open-limited for summer
motorized use. Of this total, about three miles are closed in the
spring to protect Greater sage-grouse during the critical breeding
- 16 miles are designated for ATV use during the summer use period.
- 17 miles are designated for motorcycle use Of this total
approximately two miles are limited to seasonal motorcycle use
from June 1 to September 15, to protect nesting raptors during the
spring and provide 'quiet use' times during the spring and fall on the
slopes and summit of Wolford Mountain.
- 29 miles are designated for administrative motorized use.
Decision also provides for a variety of non-motorized use, such as:
- Unrestricted jogging and hiking throughout the entire project
area, with one mile of trail designated for jogging or hiking use only.
- Unrestricted horseback riding use throughout the project area,
except for a 200 acre Area of Critical Environmental Concern
(Cretaceous Ammonite Site).
- Approximately 69 miles of routes closed to motorized travel are
available for horseback riding, hiking, and jogging.
- Roughly two miles of scenic trail on the slopes and summit of
Wolford Mountain are available for hiking, jogging, mountain bike and
horseback riding use.
- All 167 miles of designated motorized routes are available for
Wolford Mountain Travel Management Plan involves a manageable mix
of motorized and non-motorized uses in the project area," noted
Ruhs. "Together with incorporated mitigations, implementation and
monitoring, the plan addresses the concerns and issues raised by
individuals and groups during extensive outreach, public workshops, and