Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan Revision
The future of BLM lands is in your hands... Royal Gorge Field Office wants your comments on the "Preliminary Draft Alternatives" Deadine: Friday May 5th
Between now and May 5th you can help protect our BLM public lands so that future generations can enjoy these beautiful and cherished lands. BLM is asking for your input. In the face of environmental protection roll backs coming out of Washington, there are things you can do that will have a positive effect in our region.
Go to BLM's public meetings in April or submit your comments by mail or email. (See below for a comment form which can also be downloaded as a PDF or Word document. The conservation coalition suggests these talking points.)
Explore the priority areas of exceptional natural values that Wild Connections and the conservation coalition recommend for protection. (See below and in more detail here.)
Go on a hike with Wild Connections and colleagues.
Visit the wild areas in the Arkansas Canyon in this virtual tour (below) thanks to EcoFlight and #BLMWild
This comment period is one more step in the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office's (RGFO) multi-year process of revising its management plan for 668,000 acres of public land in central Colorado and sub-surface mineral rights east of the Continental Divide. The final Resource Management Plan, due in 2019, will essentially determine how our BLM public lands and resources will be managed for the next 20-30 years.
Eastern Colorado RMP plannign area. Click on the map to enlarge.
Priority Areas for Protection
The conservation coalition used Wild Connections' inventory of "Lands With Wilderness Characteristics" to select these places of exceptional natural values. You can learn more about them: ... Pew Charitable Trusts' #BLMWild has a splendid presentation with photos and detailed descriptions of these areas ... On our Priority Areas page there are links to several fact sheets ... Or download a briefPriority Areas Descriptions PDF file..
Along the Arkansas River in Bighorn Sheep Canyon:
Echo Canyon, Table Mountain
North and South Badger Creek
North of Cotopaxi: Sand Gulch and Falls Gulch Mountain
Bear Mountain, West Table Mountain
In the Gold Belt Region
Cooper Mountain, north of Canon City
Upper Red Canyon, adjacent to the popular Shelf Road climbing area
Eightmile Mountain - Thompson, Gribble, and Twin Mountains off of Highway 9
Cucharas Canyon, northeast of Walsenburg on the plains
In South Park
Go here to download the Planning Area map as a PDF file
Go here to download the Arkansas Canyon map as a PDF file
Most of the BLM managed lands are in the Arkansas Canyon. Click on the map to enlarge.
Outline for RMP Comment Form
The conservation coalition suggests these talking points. They cover a variety of topics, including protection for wildlands with exceptional natural qualities.
Download this comment form as a PDF file or Word document.
Please consider this a public comment on the BLM’s Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan Revision.
Generallocation,a specific area, or trail name:
Whyis the area important from your perspective? (You may wish to speak to opportunities for solitude, primitive recreation, hunting, fishing, hiking, scenic viewing, photography, other forms of recreation, and other values such as ecological diversity, wildlife habitat and connectivity, historical and cultural sites, geological interests, etc.)
Howwould you like to see this area managed by BLM and why? (For example: Manage as Lands with Wilderness Characteristics (LWC) or an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC); and/or closed to oil and gas leasing, closed to human development, closed to commercial timber harvest, closed to new rights-of-way, closed to motorized use, prohibit new roads, closed to mineral disposal and exploration, etc.)
Additional Comments (add other comments not covered above or thank the BLM for their hard work and commitment to our public lands)
By mail or in person: John Smeins, Bureau of Land Management, 3028 East Main Street, Cañon City, CO 81212
By fax: 719-269-8599
PLEASENOTE: Before including address, phone number, email address, or any other personal identifying information in your comments, please be advised that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time by BLM. While individuals may request that the BLM withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.
Wild Connections 2168 Pheasant Place, Colorado Springs CO 80909 email@example.com