NWCOS takes steps toward final plan | CraigDailyPress.com

NWCOS takes steps toward final plan

It’s not often that a room in Moffat County is filled with oil and gas drillers sitting next to cattlemen and sheep ranchers. But the Northwest Colorado Stewardship has been doing just that for more than two years.

The diverse group met this week to hammer out a plan that will provide direction to the Bureau of Land Management in their effort to form a resource management plan (RMP) for the Little Snake River region.

NWCOS meetings, characterized as often emotional and sometimes heated, provide a forum for Northwest Colorado residents to offer input and recommendations about the nearly 1.3 million acres that the BLM manages in the Snake River region. Many of the meeting attendees voice concerns about such things as nesting areas for the Golden Eagle or residents’ rights to ride ATVs on public lands.

A professional moderator keeps things flowing, and the group has reached four alternatives who will provide recommendations for resource development, as well as protecting the wild horse herds of the region.

With input from Colorado State University, the group also examines habitat management, cultural and paleontological sites, mineral and energy concerns, transportation and recreation issues, and land and realty issues.

The meetings are meant for public input, and former and current county commissioners sit down with federal government representatives and farmers to discuss the use of public lands.

The next meeting is slated for Feb. 15.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 208, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com.

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