The BlueRibbon Coalition reports that the protest period for the Colorado River Valley Proposed Resource Management Plan will now close on May 5.
The protest period for the Bureau of Land Management’s Proposed Colorado River Valley Field Office Resource Management Plan now ends May 5, about a week later than what was originally announced.
On March 24 the Bureau of Land Management released the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Colorado River Valley Field Office in northwestern Colorado. The proposed plan seeks to balance resource use with protecting sensitive resources.
The plan will provide a framework to guide subsequent management decisions on 505,200 surface acres and 707,200 acres of subsurface mineral estate administered by the BLM’s Colorado River Valley Field Office in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Rio Blanco and Routt counties for approximately the next two decades.
Key decisions in the Proposed RMP include designating approximately 675 miles of routes for motorized use and 587 miles for non-motorized use, managing five areas totaling 34,400 acres to protect existing wilderness characteristics, including Thompson Creek and Deep Creek; and recommending Wild and Scenic River designation for the two BLM segments of Deep Creek.
The Proposed RMP is now available for a 30-day public protest period, which ends May 5, 2014. Information about the protest period is available at http://www.blm.gov/co/crvfo or by calling the Colorado River Valley Field Office at (970) 876-9000. The BLM has also sent the Proposed RMP to the Governor’s Office for a 60-day consistency review.
The BLM will issue a Record of Decision detailing the final decisions in the RMP after the consistency review and resolution of any protests.