BLM extends comment period on resource management plan |

BLM extends comment period on resource management plan

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period on its draft Grand Junction Resource Management Plan until June 24.

The agency has also scheduled an additional community meeting to discuss the RMP’s travel management alternatives for the area, which includes the far western part of Garfield County.

BLM officials recently met with Garfield County commissioners, who asked for more time to compare the travel plan recommendations with county road user maps and surveys.

Commissioners were concerned that some roads proposed for closure are historic access points to public lands that should remain open.

“We’ve heard from a lot of people want to review this draft in detail so that they can provide us with specific, effective comments,” said BLM Grand Junction Field Manager Katie Stevens. “This feedback will be critical to the success of this long-range planning effort, and we want to make sure the public has ample opportunity to be involved.”

The 60-day public comment extension was also requested by Mesa County commissioners and several recreational groups.

BLM has scheduled another community meeting from 4-6 p.m. April 6 at the Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St. in Grand Junction, to further discuss the plan. Written comments will be accepted at the meeting.

“Since we made the draft plan available in January, we have heard a lot of good questions about our alternatives for managing roads and trails in particular,” Stevens said. “We are holding this additional opportunity to continue to discuss the alternatives with the public and help answer questions.”

The proposed travel management plan, which is part of the broader BLM resource management plan for the district, is expected to be completed in winter of 2014.

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