BLM seeks public input on Penrose Commons management


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Royal Gorge Field Office

Media Contact:

Levi Spellman

CAÑON CITY, Colo.The Bureau of Land Management’s Royal Gorge Field Office is now accepting public comments on a draft environmental assessment of its recreation area management plan for the 3,100-acre Penrose Commons area, located in Fremont County, approximately 10 miles east of Cañon City.

“We are working with area stakeholders and the public to identify goals and objectives for recreation management in this area that will allow us to continue to provide recreational experiences and protect public land resources for multiple use such as wildlife habitat, watershed protection, and livestock grazing,” said Royal Gorge Field Office Manager Keith Berger.

The current document was shaped by BLM assessment and public input, and has been designed with various management options to address evolving needs in the future. The BLM is now seeking public input, with a specific focus on recreation objectives, desired recreation setting characteristics, impacts from overnight use, and consideration of trends in off-highway vehicle use.

Comments should detail individual concerns, giving the BLM opportunity to conduct a detailed analysis and environmental assessment of prevalent issues. Comments and public input can be submitted through the projects ePlanning website, where more detailed information is available, at this link:

Comments will be accepted through July 7, 2023. For public inquiries, contact Kalem Lenard, Royal Gorge Field Office Assistant Field Manager, at (719) 433-8486. For media inquiries, contact Levi Spellman, Public Affairs Specialist, BLM Rocky Mountain District Public Affairs, at (719) 269-8553.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.