On Saturday, Aug. 5, a crew of about 20 hard workers spent the day making improvements to the Three Lakes Trail in the Lost Lake area on Kebler Pass.
The project was part of Summer Trail Days.
Public land enthusiasts are invited to work on trail maintenance on the Sidewinder Trail in the Gunnison Gorge Conservation Area near Delta on May 20, the inaugural Colorado Public Lands Day.
The Board of County Commissioners met with staff on Monday in a special session to refine final comments on the BLM's Uncompahgre Field Office (UFO) Draft Resource Management Plan -- comments which will re-emphasize the doctrine of multiple use as the basis of the county's position on public lands.
During the discussion Monday, Commissioner Doug Atchley noted, "Multiple use is the key, and that includes mining.
The county administration and commissioners are finding their resources stretched thin in order to meet deadlines for submitting official comments on federal public lands policy documents.
On Monday, the BoCC issued a request to Brian St. George, a BLM deputy director, asking for a 60-day extension of time for commenting on the Gunnison Sage Grouse Rangewide Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Saturday, Sept. 24, is the annual National Public Land day (NPLD), the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Through NPLD, the National Environmental Education Foundation works to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation and general health.
A flood of federal paperwork and data on public lands issues released recently by the BLM has left the county staff treading water trying to deal with all the material in order to offer meaningful comment.
The BLM's paper tide of proposed regulations, management plans and environmental impact statements, coming within a few days of each other this summer, has led the county government to seek an extension of time to review it all -- especially the all-important BLM Uncompahgre Field Office Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) released in May.
The Bureau of Land Management has released a plan guiding management in the 210,000-acre Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, including the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. Congress, based on broad local support, designated these public lands as a National Conservation Area in 2009 for their unique geologic, cultural and ecological resources in the spectacular canyon country of the Uncompahgre Plateau.
On June 27, the Board of County Commissioners began the process of developing comments on the BLM's Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Uncompahgre Planning Area.
The Draft RMP, once finalized, will define land use for 675,800 surface acres of local BLM managed public lands for at least the next 20 years.
More than 150 citizens attended the first of six open house meetings sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management to provide an overview of its "Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement" (RMP/EIS). The RMP/EIS is intended to establish a framework for management of more than 675,800 acres of BLM lands and 971,220 acres of federal subsurface mineral estates administered by the BLM.
Our local public lands are one of the greatest resources we have here in Delta County. That's why the Western Slope Conservation Center is excited to announce it has been awarded a new three-year VISTA position to support a number of new collaborative environmental education and recreation projects in our area.
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