We work in travel management planning in several different ways. First, we work on planning processes administered by the federal agencies. When the Forest Service initiates travel planning, the plans are simply called travel management plans or TMPs. The BLM primarily conducts travel planning through their long-term plans called resource management plans or RMPs. During these planning processes decisions are made regarding appropriate road and route density, which roads and routes should be closed or open and when, which routes are important to forest users and how to manage them accordingly. Factors taken into account when making these decisions can include impacts on wildlife, water quality, non-motorized users, agency budgets and manpower, and local economies. We use this opportunity to highlight areas most important to sportsmen and bring people with on-the-ground experience to the table to help inform the process.
Second, we work with agencies to protect and enhance important fish and wildlife habitat. The solution to travel management problems is rarely cut and dried and often requires creativity and compromise to secure the best outcome for fish and game. Examples include: working to achieve seasonal closures in key wintering areas for big game, working to move trails out of riparian areas and meadows that are critical to streams and fisheries health, and working to reduce conflict through education, particularly during hunting season when inappropriate behavior can quickly ruin a good hunt.
Lastly, we work with enforcement officers to secure adequate enforcement in problem areas and to provide them with additional resources so they can be effective at managing OHVs and keeping irresponsible users from ruining opportunities for everyone.