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BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed OHV Route for Lakeview Ranch

Spokane, WA (April 24, 2008)- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comment on a proposal to designate a 10-mile route for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use on public land in the Lake View Ranch area, northwest of Odessa, WA.

The route has been proposed by the Odessa Citizens Action Committee (OCAC). If implemented, the proposal would connect already existing trails from Odessa to the Lakeview Ranch Road in the north half of the Lakeview Ranch area.

"The route would be created using approximately nine miles of existing two-track roads in the southern part of the Lakeview Ranch parcel," according to the OCAC proposal. These existing routes are currently designated as non-motorized; however there are designated motorized routes in the northern portion of the Lakeview Ranch area.

The OCAC hopes to create a continuous OHV loop from the town of Odessa, through the Lakeview Ranch area, and then returning to the town on County roads. The OCAC are negotiating rights-of-way on County and City streets to form this continuous loop for trail-riders.

More information on the proposed action can be found on the Spokane District internet site at www.blm.gov/or/districts/spokane/plans

BLM will accept scoping comments until May 23, 2008. Email your written comments to or_spokane_mail@blm.gov, or mail them to:

BLM Spokane District Office
ATTN: Steve Smith
1103 North Fancher Road
Spokane Valley, Washington 99212

Comments should identify values, land uses, or resources which could potentially be affected by the proposed action. These comments will help BLM to develop appropriate alternatives, focus our analysis on salient issues and concerns, and provide the necessary information for the BLM to make a final decision.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Information is also available at the Spokane BLM District Office, located at 1103 North Fancher Road, Spokane Valley, WA or (509) 536-1200.

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