DENVER — U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is asking for the public’s help in crafting legislation to create a national monument that would include 22,000 acres on both sides of the Arkansas River between Salida and Buena Vista in south-central Colorado.
The Democrat, who held a listening session in Golden on Saturday, says his draft proposal already has received more than 3,000 comments. He hopes to introduce a bill this summer.
The Browns Canyon National Monument would continue to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service in cooperation with the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Udall says the proposal also maintains existing uses, including rafting, hunting, fishing, grazing and motorized access on all designated roads in the area.
Almost half of the national monument would be designated as a wilderness area.