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Few show concern on land use issues

Three residents attend public meeting

Tyler Baskfield

The Moffat County Land Use Board met last night to give residents a chance to comment on public land use issues in Moffat County.

And, despite the recent public uproar regarding area land use concerns, only three residents attended the meeting to express their views.

Those residents had a general consensus though, regarding public use of federal land: Land in Moffat County should remain multiple use, they said.

The land use board directed questions to the visitors regarding what they deemed as the most important issues affecting use of state and federal lands in Moffat County.

Moffat County Commissioner elect, Les Hampton, was present to voice his concerns.

“I view the lands in Moffat County as our resources. But we have to do this on a case by case basis,” he said.

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Hampton said that area residents should respect archeological sites on public lands but he is concerned that those sites may not warrant a 200,000-acre designation.

For Mark Louden the answer was simple.

“We know if it (the land) is open and stays open, we’re going to use it,” Louden said. “If it changes designations, we are not sure to what degree public use will change.”

Results from the public hearing will be the basis for land use recommendations, which the land use board will provide to the Moffat County Commissioners.

Moffat County Commissioners will use the recommendations in many decisions, including county land use decision making, updating the county land use plan and submitting draft legislation to the congressional delegation.

On Nov. 8, 2000, the Moffat County Commissioners and the land use board invited representatives from several special interest groups to participate in a public hearing to address land use issues on state and federal property in Moffat County.

Groups representing recreation, agriculture, business, environmental organizations, minerals/mining and government with an interest in public lands participated in the meeting and expressed their views of how the land should be used.

According to Jeff Comstock, the result of that hearing was that over 90 percent of the organizations wanted to see multiple use remain on the public lands.

Meeting schedule

Moffat County residents will have four more opportunities to comment to the land use board.
n 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1, at Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.
n 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at Ladore Hall in Brown’s Park.
n 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Maybell Community Center.
n 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12, at Dinosaur Fire Hall in Dinosaur.

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