Browns Canyon National Monument

Visiting Chaffee County for July’s dedication of Browns Canyon National Monument at the Ruby Mountain entry point are, from left, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, U.S. Rep. Diane Degette and BLM director Neal Kornze.

The Bureau of Land Management-Royal Gorge Field Office, in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service, announced a 30-day public scoping period to help guide efforts for a combined Resource Management Plan for the 21,600-acre Browns Canyon National Monument.

“Public involvement is essential in developing the plan and managing Browns Canyon for current and future generations,” said Royal Gorge Field Manager Keith Berger. “We look forward to building on the strong community engagement established in the initial planning stages.”

By working with the public, the State of Colorado and key stakeholders, development of this RMP will further a number of Department of the Interior initiatives, including those exploring enhanced recreational opportunities for the public and building a meaningful conservation stewardship legacy.

The BLM and USFS are seeking input on resource management issues that members of the public would like the agencies to address in the plan. Three public meetings will be held during the scoping period to answer questions and accept written comments:

June 3, in Salida, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the SteamPlant Event Center, 220 West Sackett Ave.

June 4, in Buena Vista, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the community center, 715 E Main St.

June 5, in Golden, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Denver West, 1717 Denver West Blvd.

The BLM and USFS will also host a Public Scoping Webinar online on June 4 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. MDT.

More information on the webinar is available at the ePlanning site.

Public comments will be most helpful if received by June 13 and must be submitted through the BLM ePlanning site at https://go.usa.gov/xn2eC or mailed to BCNM RMP/EIS, 5575 Cleora Rd., Salida, CO 81201.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or any other personal identifying information in your comments, be advised that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.

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