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Action meeting on RMP is Aug. 8

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Local community organizations are hosting an informational and action meeting for North Fork residents to learn about BLM's proposed resource management plan (RMP), which will determine how public lands on the Western Slope are managed for the next 20-30 years. The meeting will take place at Paonia High School at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8. Presentations on the RMP will begin at 6 p.m., with volunteers on hand until 9 p.m. to help local residents write their comment letters at the meeting.

The Western Slope Conservation Center, Citizens for a Healthy Community and Western Colorado Congress are co-sponsoring the meeting. These organizations will provide presentations, maps, fact sheets and other materials for anyone interested in submitting substantive comments on the draft RMP released by the BLM.

The draft RMP includes four different alternatives with widely varying management prescriptions for BLM lands, including areas directly surrounding the communities of Hotchkiss, Crawford, and Paonia, currently open to oil and gas development. One of the alternatives includes the North Fork Alternative, a proposal submitted on behalf of a broad coalition of organizations and governing bodies in the North Fork Valley.

The comment deadline for the plan is Nov. 1.

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