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Colorado State Office
Release Date: 09/22/11
Contacts: Tina Brown 303-239-3668,    
  John Beck, 303-239-3882,    

Fort Carson and Pinon Canyon Area Withdrawal Extended

Denver, CO — The Bureau of Land Management will publish in the Federal Register on Sept. 23, the approval of a withdrawal extension in the Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon area for an additional 15-year term until September 22, 2026.

The withdrawal extension was approved by the Assistant Secretary for Policy Management and Budget for the Department of the Interior as a Public Land Order. The withdrawal extension includes 5,650 acres of surface public lands and 141,554 acres of subsurface federal minerals within the Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon military sites. The lands will continue to be used by the Army for military training and maneuvering weapons firing and other defense related purposes.

The withdrawal extension is strictly a continuation of the Army’s current withdrawal and does not propose to expand any areas at the Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon military sites. The lands would continue to be used for military training and maneuver purposes. A withdrawal protects the lands from being redirected for other uses, either public or private.

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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: 10-03-2011