Welcome to Wild Connections For twenty years we've involved people in identifying and protecting the wildlands network in our region.
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BLM's Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan Initiated
Help protect BLM wildlands like Table Mountain.
The Bureau of Land Management's Royal Gorge Field Office is preparing a resource management plan (RMP) and environmental impact statement (EIS) to guide management of 668,000 acres of public lands and 6.6 million acres of BLM-managed federal mineral estate in eastern Colorado.
This is your big chance to let BLM know how you want them to manage wilderness lands, recreation, extractive land uses, wildlife habitat and cultural sites. Wild Connections will be posting our concerns and the results of two years of wilderness inventories on this site soon. In the meantime, get a meeting near you on your calendar. The schedule is here and on the Events page.
This RMP will reflect the changing needs of the planning area over the next several decades and will replace the RMPs that were developed in 1996 and 1986.
BLM says, “Public involvement is an integral part of shaping the Eastern Colorado RMP/EIS. Two sets of upcoming meetings will be held to solicit public input. In the first set of meetings, called 'envisioning,' the BLM, with assistance from Colorado Mesa University, will work collaboratively with the public, cooperating agencies, partners, and other stakeholders to establish a vision for, and key management priorities to be addressed in, the RMP.
The second set of meetings, called 'scoping,' are where the public will be able to learn more about the project and planning process, meet with BLM representitives, and provide written comments to help identify planning issues.”
Inventory of BLM Areas Found 250,000 Acres With Wilderness Chacteristics
Volunteers spent the last two summers mapping rugged roadless areas managed by BLM. They found rare plants, cultural sites, animals ranging from rattlesnakes to bighorn sheep, and at least 250,000 acres that meets the BLM critera for "Lands With Wilderness Chcateristics." Click the map to enlarge. Go to the Inventory page for more information and to see a sample report. 24 similar reports are going to the BLM with a request to revise their agency inventory. Great work volunteers and interns!
BLM Envisioning Meetings Coming Up
Salida May 26, 7:00–9:00 pm Salida High School, 26 Jones Avenue
Leadville May 27, 5:30–7:30 pm National Mining Museum, 117 East 10th St.
Walsenburg June 2, 7:00–9:00 pm Huerfano County Community Center, 1038 Russell
Cañon City June 3, 7:00–9:00 pm Washington Elementary School, 606 N. 9th Street