BLM seeks comment on management plan revision to include land in Garfield County
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” The Bureau of Land Management is preparing to revise its resource management plan for 1.2 million acres of federal lands primarily in Mesa and Garfield counties and is seeking public comment on the work.
A “scoping” period, which runs through Jan. 9, will give area residents a chance to sound off on important issues that may need to be incorporated into the plan before the BLM begins drafting it, according to the agency.
“This Resource Management Plan will guide the management of 1.2 million acres for the next two decades,” said Grand Junction BLM Field Manager Catherine Robertson. “This scoping period gives the public a great opportunity to become involved early in the process.”
There will be three open house meetings, which will be held from 5-7 p.m., for the public to learn about the possible revisions to the future plan and to provide comments. An informal presentation will given at 6 p.m. each night. The open houses are set for the following days:
– Dec. 2: Whitewater/Kannah room at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St., Grand Junction.
– Dec. 3, Grand Center, 182 N 500 W, Moab, Utah.
– Dec. 4, Collbran Auditorium, 102 Main St., Collbran
Attendance at these open houses is not required to submit scoping comments to the BLM. For further information about this plan revision and how to provide scoping comments, log on to http://www.blm.gov/co (select Grand Junction from the map), or contact Matt Anderson, planning and environmental coordinator, at (970) 244-3027.
Scoping comments may be mailed to BLM GJFO RMP, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506, faxed to 1 (866) 625-0707, or e-mailed to GJFO_RMP@ blm.gov. Scoping comments will be most helpful if they are specific and received by BLM before Jan. 9, 2009.
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