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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 04/15/11
Contacts: Tom Alvarez, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 244-3097    

BLM Extends Public Input and Comment Period for Dominguez-Escalante NCA



GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) extending the public comment deadline for travel management issues in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (NCA) for areas in higher elevations until June 15. The areas with extended comment period are:

· All of Wagon Park.
· All land north of the Escalante Canyon road, including Sowbelly Ridge and Bennett’s  
            Basin (excluding the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness).
· All land lying in between the North Fork and Main Branch of Escalante Creek.

The comment period extension is due to impaired access to areas in higher elevation where weather and road conditions are still changing. The comment period extension was requested by groups that needed additional time to look at specific trails before making comments.  A map denoting the areas is available on the NCA website: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/denca/denca_rmp/DENCA_RMP_Travel_Management.html.

The BLM is currently developing a new Resource Management Plan for the Dominguez-Escalante NCA and Dominguez Canyon Wilderness.

The BLM presented an inventory of combined routes within the NCA in November 2010. The combined routes are used for hiking, horseback riding, off-road vehicles or any other means of transportation. The BLM is seeking public assistance to add information on any additional routes the initial inventory may have over-looked. To determine and consider future recreational and other multi-use access to the NCA, the BLM is also seeking public comment on which routes should be considered a priority in future planning and why the routes are important for recreational use.

For information, contact Andy Windsor, Outdoor Recreation Planner, by telephone at (970) 244-3177 or email to awindsor@blm.gov. For additional information about travel management in the Dominguez-Escalante NCA, please visit the website at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/denca.html.

Dominguez-Escalante NCA is one of the BLM’s newest National Conservation Areas.  Designated in 2009, this 210,000-acre area includes the 66,280-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness.   NCAs are part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System, a unique network of special places that serve as scenic showcases for the conservation, protection and restoration elements of the BLM's multiple-use mission.  These treasured landscapes make up more than 27 million of the 243 million total acres of BLM-managed public lands in the United States.



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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