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Release Date: 04/03/12
Contacts: Shannon Borders, 970-240-5399    

BLM seeks comments on proposed trail system near Norwood (04-03-12)

NORWOOD, Colo. - The Bureau of Land Management’s Uncompahgre Field Office is seeking public comments regarding a proposal from Norwood Park and Recreation District to construct new single-track trails southwest of Norwood in an area known as Burn Canyon. The area currently serves as an undeveloped multiple-use trail system with connectivity to roads leading into Norwood.

“This trail system will fill the need for additional recreational activities such as mountain biking, hiking, motorcycle riding and equestrian use,” said Barb Sharrow, BLM Uncompahgre field manager.

The BLM prepared an environmental assessment analyzing the construction of about 34 miles of multiple-use single-track trail (maximum width of 36”), one small trailhead (about one acre in size) and two small parking areas (about ½ acre in size).

The BLM is soliciting public comments on this proposal to help identify issues, concerns or alternatives that should be addressed as part of the environmental analysis and decision making process.

Comments concerning this proposal are due no later than Tuesday, May 4, 2012.  Send comments to the Uncompahgre Field Office, Attn:  Julie Jackson, 2465 South Townsend Ave., Montrose, CO 81401, or by fax to 970-240-5368. Comments should include specific concerns and recommendations on how the proposal may affect the resources within the scope of the project.

Please note that comments and information submitted regarding this project, including email addresses and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review and disclosure.  Individual respondents may request confidentiality.  If you wish to withhold your name, e-mail address, or street address from public view or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment.  Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by the law.  All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives of officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.

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: 04-03-2012