Advocacy Alert: BLM Seeks Comments on Improvements to Montana’s Scratchgravel Hills Trails


As discussed in an earlier article (BLM Proposes New 40 Mile MTB Trail System for Montana’s Scratchgravel Hills) on this site, the Bureau of Land Management has come up with a proposed Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP) for the Scratchgravel Hills. Now, they are seeking public comment. Comments must be received by August 22, 2020.

Relevant documents on the proposed RAMP can be found on the BLM’s website at the following link:  BLM Scratchgravel Hills Proposed RAMP & Preliminary EA (6-24-20).pdf 

From the letter sent to interested parties, and posted on the BLM National NEPA Register

The Scratchgravel Hills RAMP proposes to improve and enhance recreational opportunities and experiences in the region by: 

      • Formally developing a purpose-built 40-mile trail system, open to a variety of uses, including mountain biking (including E-Bikes), hiking, equestrians, and disc golfers;
      • Expanding existing trailheads to accommodate additional parking;
      • Improving signage and visitor information; and,
      • Designating allowed uses on existing trails.

If you would like to provide comments or suggestions regarding the proposed trail system, resource issues, or infrastructure development, please make your comments as specific as possible and send them to:

BLM – Butte Field Office
Attention: Scratchgravel Hills RAMP
106 N. Parkmont
Butte, MT 59701

You can also email your comments to Brad Colin, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at [email protected].

Comments must be submitted by August 22, 2020. To be considered, all comments must contain the name and address of the submitter. 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.

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