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Browns Canyon Mineral Withdrawal EA

Scoping for Browns Canyon Mineral Withdrawal EA - April 22-May 6th

The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to withdraw 2,214.31 acres of public lands in Chaffee County, Colorado, to protect the scenic, recreational, historical, geological, primitive settings, and other natural resource values along with the capital investments of developed recreational facilities found within the scenic Browns Canyon corridor along the Arkansas River. The previous mineral withdrawal of the same area was filed in 1991 and expired December, 2011. The decision to be made is to determine whether to withdraw these lands from the Public Land Laws for the next 20 years. The public lands that are being applied for are to be withheld from settlement, sale, location, and entry under the general land laws, including the United States mining laws, but not from leasing under the mineral leasing laws by Public Land Order (PLO) No. 6916 (56 FR 54713 (1991).

The proposed withdrawal is within the boundaries of the Browns Canyon Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) and is adjacent to the Browns Canyon Wilderness Study Area (WSA) boundaries. The WSA is located within the larger boundaries of the ACEC to the east of the river and was established to protect the area’s naturalness, water-related recreation, scenic, and visual qualities.

For more information, or to submit a comment, please contact Melissa Garcia, 719-269-8724 or email RGFO_Comments@blm.gov with the subject line: Browns Canyon EA.