For Immediate Release     Denise Adamic BLM 303-239-3671 
November 6, 2008

BLM seeks public comment on lands proposed for “Over the River” art project

Cañon City, COLO. – The Bureau of Land Management is inviting the public to comment on the proposed use of public lands for the Over the River project. The proposed OTR project would be a temporary work of art involving public lands within the Arkansas River corridor between the cities of Cañon City and Salida.

This land use proposal is considered a Notice of Realty Action and only outlines those lands the OTR project proposes to use. The NORA is part of the larger planning process the BLM will conduct on the proposed project.  Before the OTR project can move forward, the BLM will complete an Environmental Impact Statement to determine whether, when and under what conditions BLM would issue a land use permit for the art project.

“The public’s input on this proposal is important in our decision making process,” said Roy Masinton, Field Manager for the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office.  “We are looking for any new information the public may offer about the availability of the lands this project proposes to use.”

Based on the current Resource Management Plan for the area, BLM determined that these public lands are available for the proposed use. Resource and other issues raised through the scoping process for the proposed OTR project will be addressed in the EIS.

Comments may be submitted in writing by December 15, 2008, and must be mailed to:
 Field Manager, Royal Gorge Field Office
 Bureau of Land Management
 3028 East Main Street
 Cañon City, Colorado  81212

The Federal Register Notice outlining the details of this proposed land use can be found on-line under the Notice for Realty Actions, or here: Over the River NORA

For more information contact Joe Vieira at the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office (719)269-8708.

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