BLM to Study Allowing eBikes to Rio Grande del Norte and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

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By Charles Pekow

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced a Notice of Intent to Amend the Taos Resource Management Plan for the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Management Plan and prepare an Associated Environmental Assessment.

Will e-bikes be allowed in the Grand Staircase National Monument?  Photo by Leisha

BLM noted that needs have changed since the monument’s designation in 2013 and demand for recreational activities, including bike trails, have increased and overloaded the current trail capacity. Recreational demand surged during the COVID pandemic and trailhead parking needs to be increased. BLM says its plan will also have to deal with ebikes.

See the BLM announcement at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2023-08-11/html/2023-17224.htm.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also proposed a Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.

The current plan dates back only three years but BLM sees the need to deal with ebikes.

BLM is accepting public comments until November 9. It also planned several public Zoom and in-person meetings to receive input. See https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2020343/510

 

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