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Release Date: 09/27/10
Contacts: David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 876-9008    

One week left to submit scoping comments on Dominguez-Escalante NCA management (09-24-10)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — With just one week left in the scoping period for the management plan for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, the Bureau of Land Management is encouraging all those interested in the management of this unique area to provide their thoughts and ideas.

This public scoping period, which ends Oct. 1, gives the public the opportunity to identify issues to be addressed in the management plan before BLM begins drafting it. During the next two weeks the public also has the opportunity to participate in several focus groups on the management of this area, which are being conducted by Mesa State College.

“Because this is a newly designated area, this is the first management plan we are developing for this National Conservation Area,” said NCA Manager Katie Stevens. “This is a great opportunity to help determine the management of this NCA from the outset.”

For further information about this plan and how to provide scoping comments, visit, or contact Katie Stevens, NCA Manager, at (970) 244-3000.

Scoping comments may be mailed to 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506, faxed to 970-244-3083, or e-mailed to  Scoping comments will be most helpful if they are specific and received by BLM before Oct. 1, 2010.

The four Mesa State College focus group meetings scheduled during the next two weeks cover specific topics and areas within the NCA and are open to all who are interested.

On Sept. 27, a recreation focus group meeting covering Cactus Park and other areas within the NCA between Highway 141 and the Dominguez Canyons Wilderness is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. in the Mesa County Courthouse Annex Multipurpose Room in Grand Junction.

On Sept. 29, a recreation focus group meeting covering the area around Wagon Park, as well as the area including Escalante Canyon, Dry Mesa and Sawmill Mesa is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the Delta-Montrose Technical College Grand Mesa Room in Delta. 

Two focus groups for management of the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness, which is found within the NCA, will take place on Oct. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mesa County Courthouse Annex in Grand Junction, and on Oct. 6 from 6 to 8 the Delta-Montrose Technical College Grand Mesa Room in Delta.

The Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area is one of the BLM’s newest National Conservation Areas.  Designated in 2009, this 210,000 acre area includes the 66,280 acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness.  National Conservation Areas are part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System, a unique network of special places that serve as scenic showcases for the conservation, protection, and restoration elements of BLM's multiple use mission.  These treasured landscapes make up more than 27 million of the 253 million total acres of western public lands managed by the BLM in the western United States.  The NCA is managed by the BLM’s Grand Junction and Uncompahgre Field Offices.

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.

  2815 H Road      Grand Junction, CO 81506  

Last updated: 09-27-2010