U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 09/02/09|
BLM Seeks Public Input on Land Exchange Near Timber Ridge
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management is looking for public input on a proposed land exchange proposal near Timber Ridge that would provide public access to currently inaccessible public lands, including prime deer and elk habitat.
The BLM Grand Junction Field Office issued a Notice of Exchange Proposal for a proposed exchange with the Mountain Island Ranch. The land involved is in the Timber Ridge area near Glade Park, about 20 miles west of Grand Junction. The proposal would transfer to MIR 10 small parcels of BLM land. The parcels total 788 acres and are surrounded by ranch property. In exchange, BLM would receive 576 acres of “in-holdings” owned by MIR. In-holdings are private lands surrounded by blocks of public land.
“This exchange would accomplish many things – including protecting important natural areas, wildlife habitat and cultural and historical resources,” said Catherine Robertson, manager of the Grand Junction Field Office. “It would also consolidate federal ownership and improve our ability to manage public lands in the area efficiently and effectively. However, it is vital now that we hear what the public thinks about the proposal as we consider moving forward.”
The BLM is asking the public to communicate any support for the proposal, and identify any specific issues or concerns with the parcels involved. A map showing the location of the parcels is available on the BLM Grand Junction Field Office website at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en.html. Land managers will analyze comments from the public in an environmental assessment that will be conducted on the proposal.
The proposed exchange would provide key public access for hunting and other recreational opportunities in Timber Ridge, according to Robertson. Acquisition of the non-federal parcels would eliminate private in-holdings and provide an important public access point to Timber Ridge, a 9,000-acre parcel of federal land popular with hunters that has extremely limited public access currently.
One of the non-federal in-holdings is within the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.
Federal land exchanges are required to involve property of equal market value. Appraisals on the parcels proposed in the exchange will be conducted this fall.
Public comments on the proposal are being accepted through October 12, 2009. Comments can be provided by email to email@example.com (please put “MIR Land Exchange” in the subject line). Comments may also be mailed to BLM GJFO, Attention Robin Lacy, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506. For more information, please contact the BLM Grand Junction Field Office at 970-244-3028.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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|Last updated: 09-02-2009|
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