The Chaffee County Republican Central Committee presented a letter, signed by Dave Slavish, Frank Roberts and Jill Lang, to Chaffee County commissioners May 11, requesting they “take an active role in the development of the Browns Canyon National Monument management plan and regulations.”

Representatives of the committee said during the meeting that their two main points were protection of individual rights and economic impact.

“We hope you will help to ensure that all local citizens have access to the management plan and regulation development process and are able to participate and have their views considered,” the letter stated. “Additionally, we would like you to help make sure that the management plan and regulations accommodate continued public access and responsible public use and enjoyment of the monument area.”

Commissioner Dennis Giese said the county’s involvement has always been a top priority.

“We have said we have wanted to be involved in the management team when Sen. (Mark) Udall was talking about Browns Canyon,” Giese said.

“We’ve said that all along. Between the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), (U.S.) Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, we want to be part of the management team, not consultants, and we’ve tried to make clear to everyone involved that this is what our desire is.”

The Republican representatives said they agreed with the commissioners on the direction of their actions.

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