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Grand Junction BLM Revising Resource Management Plan-Public

Post by wrks6 » Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:06 pm

Grand Junction BLM Revising Resource Management Plan-Public Input Needed

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Grand Junction Field Office, is asking the public to help identify issues to be addressed as they begin revising their Resource Management Plan (RMP) for 1.2 million acres of public lands located primarily in Mesa and western Garfield counties, in western Colorado.

The RMP is the basic document used to guide land use decisions and management actions on public lands for 20 years or more. The first step in this process is to work with interest groups and the public in identification of management issues. To achieve this, the BLM encourages the public's participation in scoping meetings.

This "scoping" period, which runs through Jan. 9, 2009, gives the public the opportunity to identify issues to be addressed in the plan revision before BLM begins drafting it by becoming involved early in the process.

The public is encouraged to stop by one of three open house meetings anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to talk to BLM specialists, learn more about the revision, and provide comments. An informal presentation will be given at 6 p.m. each night. Attendance at these open houses is not required to submit scoping comments to the BLM.

The open houses are set for the following days:

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Whitewater/Kannah room at Two Rivers Convention Center
159 Main Street
Grand Junction, CO

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Grand Center
82 North 500 West
Moab, UT

Thursday, December 4, 2008
Collbran Auditorium
102 Main Street
Collbran, CO

Scoping comments may be mailed to BLM GJFO RMP, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506, faxed to 1 (866) 625-0707, or e-mailed to GJFO_RMP@blm.gov. Scoping comments will be most helpful if they are specific and received by January 9, 2009.

For further information about this plan revision and how to provide scoping comments, log on to http://www.blm.gov/co (select Grand Junction from the map), or contact Matt Anderson, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, at (970) 244-3027.

A draft of the Resource Management Plan Revision is expected to be released for a 90-day public comment period in early 2010.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Thanks in advance for your support,
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 10
kNOw Where 2Jeep
717-739-8029
www.knowwhere2jeep.com

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