BLM seeking input on Johnny Behind the Rocks trail use

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office is seeking input on an environmental assessment (EA) which analyzes the enhancement of non-motorized trail connectivity in the Johnny Behind the Rocks Special Recreation Management Area, located approximately 15 miles southeast of Lander, Wyo.

With 14 miles of designated non-motorized trails, Johnny Behind the Rocks (JBR) is popular among Lander area residents looking for recreation opportunities close to home. The JBR trail system has been in place since the early 1980s, however, active maintenance and management of the trails did not begin until 2010. Prior to 2010, trails demonstrated erosion, rutting and braiding (multiple parallel and intertwined routes). Partnerships with local non-profit organizations, the communities of Fremont County and the BLM have alleviated several of these problems, resulting in a more enjoyable and sustainable trail network.

Trail use in the JBR area has been steadily increasing over the past 20 years. While most trail maintenance and reroutes have been completed, the increased use of JBR has revealed additional concerns in areas where trail connections are needed. The EA analyzes potential impacts from a range of alternatives developed to address trail connectivity concerns in the JBR area.

The EA is available for review and comment through Aug. 27, 2014, at Public comments are a valuable part of the analysis process and will assist the BLM in determining the next course of action.

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

For more information, please contact BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Jared Oakleaf at 307-332-8400 or stop by the Lander Field Office at 1335 Main Street in Lander.

–Provided by the BLM