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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 06/24/09
Contacts: Cass Cairns, 719-269-8553    

Southwest Conservation Corps assists with Arkansas River Travel Management Plan implementation


Cañon City, Colo. – An eight-member Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) work crew, ages 20-25, have been instrumental with the implementation of the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office’s Arkansas River Travel Management Plan (TMP) near Salida. 
 
The SCC crew started working last week constructing fence along a mile and a half stretch on BLM lands off County Road 108. This area is within the Arkansas River TMP area. It was recently pinpointed by the BLM for its ongoing problems with dumping and illegal off-road use. Prison crews were utilized in the clean-up operations and the BLM hopes construction of the fence will minimize future illegal dumping and off-road use.
 
Utilization of the SCC crew was made possible through assistance agreements with the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) and the Gold Belt Byway Association. SCC is a non-profit agency founded in 1998, providing young women and men with structured, safe and challenging work and education opportunities through employment projects. More information about the SCC can be found at their Web site at www.sccorps.org.
 
“We are fortunate that we can utilize the Southwest Conservation Corps in our implementation efforts of the Arkansas River TMP. It is a benefit to the BLM, SCC and our public land users.” said Royal Gorge Field Manager Roy Masinton.
 
The fencing project should be completed by Thursday, June 25. For further information contact the Royal Gorge Field Office at 719-269-8500.
 


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. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 06-25-2009