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Release Date: 02/12/10
Contacts: Jeff Williams, 719-269-8558    

BLM Seeks Public Input on Grazing Use

CANON CITY, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office is conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) for grazing use on the Hayden Ranch Allotment in Lake County, Colo. 

Hayden Ranch is located six miles south of Leadville along U.S. Highway 24 and County Road 10.  The ranch was acquired by the BLM in 2005 to preserve critical wildlife habitat, scenic vistas, open space, and ranching heritage through the multi-partner vision of the Lake County Open Space Initiative. 

Since acquiring the ranch, the BLM has conducted wetland delineation and habitat type analysis, and upland vegetation resource inventories.  The BLM has also authorized livestock grazing under a trial basis for the last two years to study livestock use on a new pasture design and livestock interactions with a wildlife-friendly fence.  Work on the ranch was done in cooperation with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the Buena Vista Correctional Facility inmate crews, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers.

The public is welcome to participate and identify any issues, concerns, or resource conditions that would assist in analyzing grazing use specific to the allotment.  Written comments need to be submitted by March 16, 2010 to the Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office, Attn:  Hayden Ranch, 3028 E. Main, Canon City, CO 81212, or emailed to

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.

  3028 East Main St.      Canon City, Colorado 81212  

Last updated: 02-25-2010