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BLM seeking comment on land use plans

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on two draft resource management plan revisions that encompass more than 900,000 acres of BLM lands in Northwest Colorado, the agency reported in a news release.

BLM officials will use public comments as they develop final plans for the Colorado River Valley and Kremmling field offices. Final plans are scheduled for release in 2012.

The draft plan for the Colorado River Valley Field Office includes resources in a small portion of Rio Blanco County, as well as Routt, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, and Pitkin counties, according to the release. This plan covers 505,000 surface acres and 707,000 acres of subsurface mineral estate.

The draft plan for the Kremmling Field Office addresses land in Routt, Grand, Jackson, Summit, Larimer and Eagle counties and covers 377,900 surface acres and 653,000 acres of subsurface mineral estate, the release stated.

The plans will direct management for all aspects of BLM land and mineral management in the two field offices for the next two decades, the release stated. The plans address a variety of issues, including recreation, travel management, energy development, resource protection, wildlife habitat and grazing.

Each plan includes four alternatives that detail a range of possible management options.

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"We've worked hard with our partners to craft a wide range of alternatives for public review and comment," said Steve Bennett, Colorado River Valley Field Office field manager, in the release. "We welcome all thoughts and comments, but specific comments will be particularly useful in helping us refine the draft into its final form."

Both plans and information about providing comments are available at: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/land_use_planning/rmp/kfo-gsfo.html.

BLM officials will accept public comment on the Colorado River Valley draft through Dec. 15. The comment period for Kremmling's draft is open now and will close 90 days after paper copies become available, which is expected to be in October, according to the release.

The BLM will host public open houses to provide information and gather public comment on the Colorado River Valley draft.

The open houses will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

• Oct. 6: BLM Colorado River Valley Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt.

• Oct. 11: Eagle Public Library, 600 Broadway St., Eagle.

• Oct. 12: Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave., Carbondale.

The BLM will be hosting several open houses on the Kremmling draft plan in October, but locations, dates and times have yet to be set.

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