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Release Date: 05/09/12
Contacts: Christopher B. Joyner, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 244-3097    

BLM seeks public comment on connection trail in Meeker (05-09-12)

MEEKER, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on Phase 1 of a proposed foot and bicycle connection trail between Ute Park and  Phillip and Dorcas Jensen Memorial Park near Meeker, Colo.  

A public scoping meeting to help answer questions and identify any potential issues is scheduled for 6 p.m., May 22 at the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan, ERBM, Recreation Center 101 Ute Drive, Meeker.

The proposed trail will connect the parks across approximately two miles of BLM property in two phases. A master plan for the new Phillip and Dorcas Jensen Memorial Park was approved in August by the ERBM district board.  According to the ERBM, connectivity among parks and open spaces in the district is a goal and connection between Phillip and Dorcas Jenson Memorial and Ute Parks is a priority.

The Phase 1 trail will spur off the existing trail at Phillip and Dorcas Jenson Memorial Park and terminate at a high point above China Wall on BLM land. Phase 2 is projected to continue on BLM land along the ridgeline above the cliff walls down to Ute Park. 
The trail will be 36 inches wide and is scheduled to be constructed by mechanical trail dozer. Design of the proposed trail prioritizes the least amount of disturbance and any disturbed areas beyond the trail thread will be reseeded. 

Written comments can be mailed to Chad A. Schneckenburger, BLM WRFO, 220 E. Market St, Meeker, CO 81641 or sent via email to Please include "Ute-Phillip and Dorcas Jenson Memorial Parks Connector Phase 1" in the subject line for all emails. Comments will be most helpful if received by May 29, 2012.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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.

  220 E Market      Meeker, CO 81641  

Last updated: 05-09-2012