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Dominguez-Escalante advisory council holds final meeting

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The Bureau of Land Management's Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council held its final meeting Jan. 8 in Delta.

The agenda for the meeting focused on implementation priorities for the approved Dominguez-Escalante Resource Management Plan.

"It has been a pleasure working with this advisory council," said Dominquez-Escalante NCA manager Collin Ewing. "Their contributions to the plan have been invaluable and will help us manage this special place for generations to come."

The BLM signed the approved plan for managing the Dominguez-Escalante NCA on Jan. 9, 2017. The plan provides long-term management goals for the area's cultural and historic sites along with biological, geological and paleontological resources. The plan also addresses the management for multiple recreation opportunities including hiking, horseback riding and all-terrain vehicle use. Under this plan, BLM programs such as livestock grazing and recreation would contribute $3.4 million annually to the local economy and provide 114 jobs.

The approved plan is available at http://1.usa.gov/1qKkMVi.

According to the NCA's founding legislation, the council remains in effect until one year after the signing of the approved plan. The council met over 40 times throughout the development of the plan, providing guidance to the BLM for managing the 210,000-acre Dominguez-Escalante NCA. Its members were appointed by the Secretary of the Interior and represent the broad range of interests and uses in the NCA.

For more information, contact Chris Joyner at 970-210-2126.

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