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Release Date: 09/17/09
Contacts: Erin Curtis 970-244-3097    

BLM to Finalize Rules for Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area

Montrose, CO -- The BLM Uncompahgre Field Office is preparing to finalize rules for recreation and use of the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area and surrounding recreation areas. The public now has one more opportunity to review and comment on the rules, which visitors have been encouraged to follow for several years.

These rules implement management decisions and actions developed by the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office and the public during the four-year planning process for the Gunnison Gorge Resource Management Plan.  The rules were developed with a great deal of public input, and are aimed at protecting the public’s health and safety and preventing resource damage in the area.

“These rules will help us prevent damage to nationally significant and sensitive natural areas, protect public health and safety, reduce user conflicts, and provide outstanding recreational opportunities for visitors to the area,” said Karen Tucker, manager of the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area.

The proposed supplementary rules encompass issues of travel management, off-road vehicle use and safety, hunting, shooting, pets and pack stock use, developed and dispersed recreation site use, camping, firewood collection and camp fires, waste disposal, group size limits, permit requirements, and length of stay limits.

Public comments for the Gunnison Gorge NCA rules will be accepted through Nov. 9, 2009. The rules can be viewed online at

Rules for the area can also be accessed at the Uncompahgre Field Office at 2465 S. Townsend Avenue in Montrose, CO 81401.

Comments on the GGNCA supplementary rules may be mailed to Karen Tucker, Gunnison Gorge NCA, 2465 S. Townsend Avenue in Montrose, CO 81401. For more information, please contact the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office at 970-240-5300.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 09-17-2009