Railroad Gulch

Railroad Gulch on the southern edge of Browns Canyon National Monument.

The 30-day window for submitting comments about the the Browns Canyon National Monument Resource Management Plan began Tuesday, May 14.

The announcment via press release Tuesday afternoon for the plan that “will guide activities at the national monument for years to come,” according to the release from Friends of Browns Canyon.

In preparation for a streamlined planning process, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service have completed a preliminary analysis, which is available https://bit.ly/2pjpL3r

 The report outlines three potential alternatives for managing the national monument. The 30-day public comment period provides the best opportunity for local residents to express opinions about the proposed alternatives, the release stated.

Three public meetings will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 3, 4 and 5 in Salida, Buena Vista and Golden, respectively. 

The Salida meeting will take place at the SteamPlant Event Center, 220 W. Sackett Ave., the BV meeting will be at the Buena Vista Community Center, 715 E. Main St., and the Golden meeting will be at the Marriott Denver West, 1717 Denver West Blvd.

The meetings will start with a short presentation on the development of the Browns Canyon National Monument Resource Management Plan.

Please do not email comments. Written comments must be received by June 13 in order to receive a formal response.

Comments can be submitted online through the interactive mapping tool here: http://arcg.is/1yuDDD, through the Documents and Reports webpage (https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=dispatchToPatternPage&currentPageId=102756), or by U.S. Mail to 

BCNM RMP/EIS

5575 Cleora Road,

Salida, CO 81201

Additionally, the BLM and USFS will host two online webinars to give an overview of the national monument planning process and provide a tutorial for using the comment mapping tool.

The webinars are scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, and Tuesday, June 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. Registration for the webinars is here: 

May 29 - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7927514419360486669

June 4 - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3874618901866585869

For those who can’t attend the live webinar, a recorded version will be available after the live event.

– Submitted by Friends of Browns Canyon, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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