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BLM releases two draft land use plans for northwestern Colorado

SILT, Colorado – The Bureau of Land Management has released two draft resource management plan revisions for more than 900,000 acres of BLM lands and minerals in northwestern Colorado.

These land use plans will provide the management direction for the next two decades covering all aspects of BLM land and mineral management within the Colorado River Valley Field Office and Kremmling Field Office boundaries. The plans will cover activities such as recreation, travel management, energy development, resource protection, wildlife habitat, urban interface, special designations, grazing and land sales and trades.

The draft plans each analyze four alternatives detailing possible management direction. Public comments on the draft plans will be used as BLM develops the final plans for these field offices, which are scheduled to be released in 2012.

“We’ve worked hard with our partners to craft a wide range of alternatives for public review and comment,” said Steve Bennett, field manager for the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office.

“We welcome all thoughts and comments, but specific comments will be particularly useful in helping us refine the draft into its final form,” Bennett said.

“We only revise these resource management plans about every 20 years, so we really want to hear from the public and get feedback on these alternatives,” said Dave Stout, Field Manager for the Kremmling Field Office.

Both plans and information about providing comments are available at:

http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/land_use_planning/rmp/kfo-gsfo.html

The draft plan for the Colorado River Valley Field Office covers 505,000 surface acres and 707,000 acres of subsurface mineral estate administered in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, and Routt counties, with a small amount of acreage in Rio Blanco County.

BLM will host three public open houses to provide information and an opportunity to comment on the Colorado River Valley draft. The public can stop by anytime between 3-7 p.m. at the following locations:

• Oct. 6 in Silt at the BLM Colorado River Valley Office, 2300 River Frontage Road

• Oct. 11 in Eagle at the Eagle Public Library, 600 Broadway St.

• Oct. 12 in Carbondale at Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.

BLM will accept public comment on the Colorado River Valley draft through Dec. 15, 2011.

The two field offices have been working on these draft Resource Management Plans concurrently because they share a common border and many common issues. The alternatives for each field office are detailed in separate draft documents, and the final proposed plan for each office will be developed separately.


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