BLM buys Dotsero Landing Recreation Site |

BLM buys Dotsero Landing Recreation Site

The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday acquired the Dotsero Landing Recreation Site on the Upper Colorado River from Eagle County Open Space, ensuring long-term public access to the Colorado River while returning funding to the county open space program for additional acquisitions.

The BLM, in cooperation with The Conservation Fund, used $526,000 from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund to acquire the property, according to a BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office press release.

“This is really the culmination of the vision of Eagle County leadership — to buy property along the Colorado River to increase public access, develop necessary facilities, then convey the property to BLM for long-term management,” said Toby Sprunk, Eagle County open space director.

The BLM and Eagle County Open Space have been partnering to manage recreation sites on the Colorado River, such as the 8.25-acre Dotsero Landing, since 2011.

Eagle County Open Space acquired the parcel from a private holder in 2011, when the public was about to lose the original public access point due to a bridge reconstruction project, according to the press release.

“The potential impact of losing river access at Dotsero was huge — it’s an important public access point for float-boating and fishing in the Upper Colorado River Special Recreation Management Area,” said Shonna Dooman, BLM Colorado River Valley acting field manager. “Without Eagle County Open Space, the public would have lost river access in this area.”

“The open space program had the flexibility to move quickly to purchase the property and make improvements,” Sprunk said. “Through this purchase, the BLM — the agency with the expertise for long-term management of Colorado River recreation sites — acquires the property through The Conservation Fund and Eagle County Open Space recovers funding to be used for new acquisitions.”

About 75,000 people visit the 85-mile stretch of the Upper Colorado River SRMA annually. Key access points such as Dotsero Landing help distribute recreational use throughout the SRMA, reducing crowding and impacts to sites, according to the BLM.

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