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Uncompahgre Field Office

  

Uncompahgre Field Office

AREAS OF

CRITICAL

ENVIRONMENTAL

CONCERN

  

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East Paradox

 
 

UNCOMPAHGRE

HOMEPAGE

BLM LAND HEALTH STANDARDS

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GUNNISON SAGE GROUSE ACEC

Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, commonly known as ACECs, are public lands where special management is required in order to protect the area's values.  To be eligible for designation as an ACEC, an area must meet criteria for both relevance and importance.  An ACEC possesses significant historic, cultural, or scenic values, fish or wildlife resources (including habitat, communities, or species), natural processes or systems, or natural hazards.  In addition, the significance of these values and resources must be substantial in order to satisfy the importance criteria.

 

EXISTING ACECS

There are currently four ACECs in the Uncompahgre Field Office, which were designated under the two current RMPs:

ACEC

AREA IN ACRES

SIGNIFICANT VALUES

Adobe Badlands

6,383

·      Scenic Mancos Shale hills, flats, and unique formations created by wind and water erosion

·      Highly erodible and saline soils resulting in high sediment loads and very saline runoff

·      Known and potential habitat for several federally endangered and threatened plant species

Fairview

213

·      Large population of federally listed endangered plant species

·      Significant populations of federal candidate plant species

Needle Rock

83

·      Volcanic geological structure with high-value scientific, interpretive, and scenic characteristics

San Miguel River

22,841

·      Unique, high quality riparian vegetation

·      Relic riparian communities

·      River corridor with high scenic value

 

ACECS UNDER CONSIDERATION

As part of the Uncompahgre RMP development process, existing ACECs were reevaluated to determine whether:

·         the relevant and important values are still present and require continued management attention

·         threats of irreparable damage to the values have been identified

·         current management is sufficient to protect the values.

In addition, new ACECs nominated during the public scoping period were evaluated for relevance and importance.  The results of these evaluations are detailed in the Draft ACEC Report for the Uncompahgre Planning Area and will be used to develop preferred alternatives for the RMP.

 

PROTECTING SIGNIFICANT VALUES

Restrictions arising from ACEC designation are proposed during formulation of the Final RMP.  Restrictions are designed to protect the values and/or serve the purposes for which the designation was made.  Management prescriptions are developed expressly to protect the important and relevant values of an area.  Such measures would not be necessary or prescribed if the critical and important features were not present.


Draft ACEC Report for the Uncompahgre Planning Area 8.1MB

Map of Current UFO ACECs 3.3MB

Release of Draft ACEC Report

BLM Colorado Land Use Planning


San Miguel River ACEC


 
 

Barbara Sharrow, Field Manager

bsharrow@blm.gov

Phone: (970) 240-5300  |  TDD: (970) 240-5366  |  FAX: (970) 240-5367

2465 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO  81401

Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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BLM Uncompahgre Field Office administrative headquarters

 

Adobe badlands in the Uncompahgre Field Office