The Blaine County commissioners will hold a pair of public hearings on Tuesday, June 18, to gather ideas for alternatives to a federally halted BLM travel management plan for access to about 137,000 acres of public land in Blaine County.

     In April, the Department of the Interior directed local offices to stop development on travel management plans nationwide, except those mandated by court order. The move casts doubt on the future of the comprehensive approach to governing use on BLM lands from Willow Creek in the west to the Little Wood River in the east, between U.S. Highway 20 in the south and the Sawtooth National Forest in the north.

     But the commissioners think there’s room for local direction—and they don’t want more than two years of work to go to waste. That’s where the meetings come in. The early session will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Blaine County Annex in Hailey; a second will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Minnie Moore Room of the Community Campus.

     “I would hope that we get enough public input to tell the BLM to go forward on whatever we decide,” McCleary said.

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