“The BLM lands throughout the Royal Gorge region contain spectacular landscapes and wilderness characteristics that sustain our community’s economy and our land’s health. The Royal Gorge management plan revision is a critical process for updating how the region’s natural heritage and wilderness lands are conserved”. Statement by John Stansfield of Wild Connections and Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition.
The Bureau of Land Management's Royal Gorge Field Office began a 60-day public comment period on June 1, 2015 for its Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for 668,000 acres of public lands and 6.8 million sub-surface acres of BLM-managed federal mineral estate in eastern Colorado. The Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan will combine what used to be two different management plans – the Royal Gorge and northeastern management plans, near Colorado’s populous Front Range.
These public lands contain Colorado's backyard public lands, and include chances to secure protection and conservation for a large complex of lower elevation wilderness-quality lands in the Arkansas River Canyonlands and protect the Denver metro area's water supplies in the upper South Platte River basin. EcoFlight conducted overflights to inventory and document Lands with Wilderness Characteristics to be included for protection in the new RMP. These lands support recreation, wildlife, local economies and our Colorado way of life. This BLM planning process serves as a great chance to protect these lands in their present condition for future generations.
If you wish to engage in the public process and work collaboratively with the BLM to ensure a strong, conservation-minded plan, Details may be found on BLM's RMP web site or send written comments to the Royal Gorge Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 3028 East Main Street, Canon City, CO 81212 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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