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The public comment period is part of a process the agencies will ideally have completed by this time next year to revisit the management priorities for Brown’s Canyon, which was designated a National Monument by President Barack Obama in 2015.

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FRIENDS OF BROWN CANYON will partner with the Bureau of Land Management to offer a work day Sept. 23 in recognition of National Public Lands Day 2017 completing maintenance and reclamation on the recently renovated Ruby Mountain Trailhead. Work will begin at approximately 8-8:30 am and all v…

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The easy-to-moderate 5-mile hike will begin at the Browns Canyon trailhead at 9 a.m. and return around 3 p.m. With an elevation gain of 500 feet, it begins near the historic town of Turret, just north of Salida.

Recently designated Browns Canyon National Monument is among those that will be reviewed, and though it is not clear what will happen, Browns Canyon supporters say they are concerned about the outcome.

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The forums, which took place in Leadville, Denver, Colorado Springs, Cañon City, Buena Vista and Salida, allowed attendees to draw on maps, rank the importance of different resources and fill out surveys.

Because of its new notoriety and central location, the new Browns Canyon National Monument is in danger of experiencing overuse in some areas, misuse by some user groups and creating negative impacts to the surrounding private and county properties.

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Why the wilderness? Mainly because it sounded a bit exotic at the time. After a fun week in the forest, I still did not know why it was called a wilderness.

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The national monument was designated by President Barack Obama on Feb. 19, 2015, to much applause from sportsmen and the business community for providing permanent protection of this scenic landscape and the important Arkansas River corridor that runs through Browns Canyon.

Friends of Browns Canyon will host a volunteer workday to commemorate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 26.

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, front row right, and other members of the delegation raft the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon Saturday prior to the national monument dedication.

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Friends of Browns Canyon will host a volunteer workday to commemorate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 26.

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, front row right, and other members of the delegation raft the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon Saturday prior to the national monument dedication.

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Rather than arguing the details of conservation efforts in the halls of Congress, they strapped on life jackets and helmets and jumped into rafts to see the river and national monument firsthand.

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Enjoying Saturday morning in Browns Canyon at the Ruby Mountain entry points 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.

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell accepts a plaque from the Colorado-based Environmental Learning for Kids and members of the Hispanic Access Foundation Community Outreach. ELK is a program that allows urban youth throughout the state to experience the great outdoors, including pub…

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Dignitaries including Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, the heads of the Forest Service and Bureau of Land management along with state and local representative float through Browns Canyon Saturday morning prior to the nati…

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The ceremony will be held at the soccer field at BV’s River Park on July 18 at 3 p.m. Baker hopes that BV residents will walk or ride bikes in order to keep traffic flow down at the river park.

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Jeanne Younghaus works on loosening dirt in a drainage channel prior to Tom Easley clearing it with a shovel during a recent Upper Arkansas Wilderness Volunteers work day on the North Cottonwood Creek trail.

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The Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and U.S. Forest Service have released a new pair of maps for Browns Canyon National Monument – one in a PDF format and the other as an interactive online map.

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Myers said the goal of the trip was to lobby representatives of the US government to protect the Antiquities Act in its current state, which has been a useful tool for 16 presidents – 8 Republicans and 8 Democrats – in protecting over 130 national monuments.

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Angel Pena, left, Joseph Suina, Rep. Raül Grijalva, D-AZ., Deborah Gangloff, and Logan Myers met in Grijalva’s office to advocate for national monuments and preservation of the Antiquities Act.

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In the Springs, he worked construction and sold furniture, but also discovered that he was spending most of his free time in Chaffee County, enjoying what it has to offer.

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The proposed legislation has been criticized by advocacy groups as a backdoor attempt to put federal public lands in state control, claiming the move may lead to the land being sold off and placed in private ownership.

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Just days after President Barack Obama signed off on Browns Canyon National Monument, a few of those advocates sat in a Salida coffee shop to recount the years of effort.

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Keith Baker, executive director of Friends of Browns Canyon, and FOBC president Bill Dvorak, stand at the White House with delegates from Hawaii during a ceremony marking national monument designations.

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Paying guests on the upper Arkansas River spent $23.7 million last year, for a total estimated economic impact of $60.7 million, according to the Colorado River Outfitters Association. Outfitters expect the national monument will lure more clients to the already-popular river.

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Mike Whittington, co-owner of rafting company Independent Whitewater, rides the current through Pinball rapid in Browns Canyon National Monument Feb. 19, the day after it was designated by President Barack Obama.

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President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation establishing Browns Canyon National Monument, the culmination of a two-decade effort to protect the popular whitewater destination. The Times has compiled its coverage of the issue, dating back to U.S. Sen. Mark Udall's original proposal.

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Bighorn sheep graze beside the Arkansas River near Ruby Mountain at the north end of Browns Canyon. Bighorn sheep were reintroduced to the Browns Canyon area in the 1980s.