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Release Date: 02/12/14
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BLM Uncompahgre Field Office Accepts Comments for the 2014 Special Recreation Permit Applications

MONTROSE, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office is seeking public comments on 18 Special Recreation Permit applications, including two new applications and 16 applications for renewals.

The BLM issues commercial SRPs to provide recreation businesses the opportunity to operate on BLM public lands, to provide the public the opportunity to use a guided service for recreation activities, to implement recreation management decisions and to ensure a fair return to the public for commercial use of public lands. The new SRP applicants are:

  • All Out Outfitters (Jacob Robbins)-big game and lion hunting within Game Management Units 61 and 62. 
  • Bodhi Expeditions (Brady Dunn)-lion hunting within all GMUs in the Uncompaghre Field Office.

The SRP renewal applicants include:

  • Canyon Passages (Matt Robinson)-raft/float on the Lower Gunnison and Dolores rivers.
  • Colorado Backcountry (Ben & Jane Pritchett)-guided mountain bike rides within the Uncompahgre Field Office.
  • Colvig Silver Camps (Clay Colvig)-rock climbing in the Naturita area.
  • Crested Butte Angler (Jason White)-walk/wade and float fishing on the Gunnison River from Forks to Austin.
  • Centennial Canoe (Marty Genereux)-canoeing on the Gunnison River from Forks to Delta.
  • Elk Ridge Trail Rides (Gary Nelson)-guided horseback riding in the Jones Draw area of the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area.
  • Gunnison River Pro (Chris Mortimer)-non-guided outfitting for rafting, floating and fishing within the Gunnison Gorge NCA.
  • Gunnison River Expeditions (Alan DeGrange)-rafting, floating and fishing as well as walking and wade fishing on the San Miguel River.
  • Mark Davies Guide Service (Mark Davies)-lion hunting within GMUs 60, 61, 62, 411, 52 and 521.
  • Prescott College (Rachel Peters)-canoeing on the San Miguel and Dolores rivers.
  • Ridgway Independent Guide Service/RIGS (Tim Patterson)-rafting, floating and fishing as well as walking and wade fishing on the San Miguel River.
  • Steve Hatch Racing (Steve Hatch)-off-highway-vehicle training at Flat Top, N. Delta, Kinikin and Peach Valley.
  • Telluride Academy (Luke Brown)-climbing in the Paradox Valley, guided mountain biking/hiking in Carpenter’s Ridge, and kayak/raft San Miguel and Gunnison rivers.
  • Telluride Snowmobile Adventures (Mike Doherty)-rafting, floating and fishing as well as walking and wade fishing on the San Miguel River.
  • Weimer Hunting Camp (Jody Weimer)-big game and lion hunting in GMUs 61, 62 and 70.
  • Wilderness Aware (Joe Greiner)-rafting, floating and fishing in the Gunnison Gorge NCA/Wilderness and Dolores River.

Details about SRP applications are available for review in the Montrose Public Lands Center located at 2505 S. Townsend Avenue in Montrose or online at  The BLM requires SRPs for commercial activities as well as for competitive and organized group activities or events on BLM public lands.

The BLM is soliciting comments on such issues as resource concerns, compliance history, health and safety, conflicts and diversity of services. These comments will help the BLM determine whether the proposed SRPs support the BLM’s objectives in recreation management and resource protection.

Written comments may be submitted by mail, e-mail or fax.  Please be specific in describing your concerns or how the proposal may affect you.  Please send comments no later than Feb. 26, 2014.  Send written comments to Charles Lassiter, Park Ranger/Permit Administrator, Uncompahgre Field Office, 2465 South Townsend Ave., Montrose, CO 81401;; fax to (970) 240-5367.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised 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 from public review your personal identifying information, 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.

Last updated: 02-12-2014