BLM land plan includes Eagle County |

BLM land plan includes Eagle County

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Bureau of Land Management on Friday released for public review 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, including recreation, travel management, energy development, resource protection, wildlife habitat, urban interface, special designations, grazing, and realty actions.

The draft plans each analyze four alternatives detailing a wide range of 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 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.”

“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:

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 an open house from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 11 in Eagle at the Eagle Public Library, 600 Broadway St.

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

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