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Release Date: 05/21/13
Contacts: Chris Joyner, Public Affairs Specialist (970) 210-2126    

BLM releases draft management plan for 210,000-acre Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (05-17-13)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management today began the 90-day public comment period on the Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area and the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness.
The plan will provide a framework to guide subsequent management decisions on approximately 210,000 acres administered by the BLM in Delta, Mesa and Montrose counties of western Colorado.  
The Draft RMP analyzes five alternatives covering all aspects of BLM resource management within the National Conservation Area boundaries, including recreation, travel management, resource protection, wildlife habitat, special designations and livestock grazing.  The National Conservation Area and Wilderness were designated by Congress in 2009 in recognition of their unique and important resources and values.
“This Draft RMP is the culmination of more than two years of work by the BLM and members of the public,” said Katie Stevens, Manager of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.  “These documents cover all aspects of our management of this special area, so this is a really important opportunity to make your voice heard about how the BLM will manage these lands.  We’ve seen a high degree of public interest and engagement in each step of the planning process, and we expect that the interest in the area will continue through the rest of the planning process.”  
The BLM will host two public open houses to provide information and an opportunity to comment on the Draft.  The public can stop by anytime between 4:30-7:30 p.m. for the following open houses:
June 17 at the Colorado Mesa University Center
June 19 at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center
The Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council, which is composed of ten members of the public who represent various communities and interests throughout the surrounding three-county area, will also hold meetings to discuss the Draft RMP.  These meetings will provide opportunities for public input and comment to the Advisory Council and the BLM. 
To be considered, comments must be received by August 22, 2013.
“We welcome all thoughts and comments, but specific comments will be particularly useful in helping us refine the Draft into its final form,” Stevens said.  “Comments that provide not just a preference or recommendation, but the basis for that preference or recommendation or information that helps us better understand the issues, are the ones that really help us refine the plan.  New information is also helpful.”
The BLM will use the public comments to help develop a Proposed RMP/Final EIS, which is scheduled for release in May 2014.  
For additional information, including how to provide comments or obtain a copy of the Draft RMP, visit
Before including address, phone number, email-address, or any other personal identifying information in your comments, be advised that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time.  While individuals may request that the BLM withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.  If you wish us to withhold your personal information you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment.  We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, available for public disclosure 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: 05-21-2013