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Release Date: 02/08/13
Contacts: Shannon Borders, 970-240-5399    

Local Landowner Donates Public Access Easements in Hartman Rocks Recreation Area (02-08-13)

Gunnison, Colo. – A generous donation of public access easements by Vincent Woodward secured public access to a popular trail and road managed by the Bureau of Land Management near Gunnison, Colo.

The donated easements are along travel routes within the Hartman Rocks Recreational Area including the Enchanted Forest Road (BLM Road 3555) and the Enchanted Forest Trail (BLM Trail 3558T).

Hartman Rocks Recreation Area is a popular and valued recreation area for the Gunnison Basin.  Use is estimated at 40,000 visits annually and public access to and through Hartman Rocks is important to all recreationists who use the area.

“The road is highly utilized because it provided access from McCabe’s Lane directly to the Power Line Road. The Enchanted Forest Trail is a favorite route for many trail riders and we are excited to know that this easement secures trail and road access for future generations,” said Kristi Murphy, BLM outdoor recreation planner.

The Enchanted Forest Road merged onto 987 feet of Woodward’s property, and the Enchanted Forest Trail crossed 500 feet making the total donation about one-half acre.

“We appreciate Mr. Woodward approaching us with this generous offer,” said Marnie Medina, BLM realty specialist.  “We are always happy to work with land owners to help ensure access to public lands.”

Woodward was recognized for his generosity by the Gunnison Trails Commission with the Rock Cairn Award. The formal presentation will be at the Gunnison County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

“On behalf of present and future users of the public lands, the Bureau of Land Management appreciates his donation,” said Medina.

It is important for all recreationists to respect private property and stay on roads and trails when travelling through private lands.

For a map or more information about the routes within the Hartman Rocks Recreational Area, contact the Gunnison Field Office at 970-642-4940.

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: 02-08-2013