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COLORADO-BLM Releases Proposed RMP and Final EIS for Grand Junction Field Office

April 15, 2015 8:48 PM

The Bureau of Land Management has released the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the approximately one million-acre Grand Junction Field Office in northwestern Colorado. The Grand Junction Field Office includes some of the public's most diverse landscapes and provides some of the nation's premier recreational opportunities. The plan includes a 700,900-acre Shale Ridges and Canyons Master Leasing Plan with oil and gas restrictions ranging from limiting visual impacts to 

COLORADO-BLM Releases Proposed RMP and Final EIS for Grand Junction Field Office
 
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management has released the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the approximately one million-acre Grand Junction Field Office in northwestern Colorado. The Grand Junction Field Office includes some of the public's most diverse landscapes and provides some of the nation's premier recreational opportunities.

The plan includes a 700,900-acre Shale Ridges and Canyons Master Leasing Plan with oil and gas restrictions ranging from limiting visual impacts to no surface disturbance and timing limitations to protect wildlife. The MLP also includes two Wilderness Study Areas and three additional Areas of Critical Environmental Concern. Approximately 70 percent of the MLP is already leased.

Key decisions in the proposed plan include managing five areas for specific recreation opportunities, including the Grand Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Special Recreation Management Area for cross-country riding and adventure. The RMP also identifies 10 areas where wildlife habitat will receive focused emphasis and priority.

The proposed plan also includes travel management decisions that provide public access to quality recreational opportunities and commercial use of public lands while protecting sensitive resources. The BLM will defer route-by-route decisions on the North Fruita Desert and DeBeque areas for further analysis and input from cooperators.

Lands managed by the Grand Junction Field Office provide some of the best, most diverse OHV recreation experiences in the nation. This plan strikes a balance among multiple current and foreseeable uses while creating the foundation for sustainable and high-quality recreation for years to come. The planning process identified trends and public expectations for their public lands. The BLM can now act on user expectations within the framework of a plan that can stand the test of time.

The BLM estimates that this plan supports decisions that could create nearly 7,500 jobs by 2029 in livestock grazing, recreation and energy development. Local government agencies provided critical assistance to develop this plan through feedback, constructive comments and working groups.

The Proposed RMP/Final EIS was published on April 10, 2015, for a 30-day public protest period and 60-day Governor's consistency review. The BLM expects to release a final decision later this year.

The Proposed RMP can be found at the Grand Junction Field Office and online at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107
 

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and collaboration among recreationists.
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