Buffalo Horn Land Exchange Offers Opportunities for Improved Public Access


Bureau of Land Management

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Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Buffalo Horn land exchange will improve access to public lands in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties in northwest Colorado. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) looks for opportunities to enhance access to public lands and waters for recreational purposes including hunting and fishing. Land exchanges can be used to transfer isolated or difficult to access parcels of land from federal ownership in exchange for contiguous or more accessible parcels from private or other ownership.

"This land exchange is an excellent opportunity to consolidate federal lands and improve the American people’s access to public lands for fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping or hunting,” said Doug Vilsack, BLM Colorado State Director. “Land exchanges not only expand access, but they allow us as federal land managers to act in the general public’s best interest and undertake more efficient land management practices across an ecosystem.”

The Buffalo Horn land exchange will enhance access to public lands managed by the White River Field Office including direct access to the Windy Gulch and Black Mountain Wilderness Study Areas for recreational activities such as big game hunting, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and camping throughout the year. 

The BLM will complete the land exchange following a protest dismissal appeal period, resolution of appeal and Governor’s notification. More information about the Buffalo Horn land exchange can be found by visiting the ePlanning website: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/69551/510


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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.