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The painted hues of South Shale Ridge north of the Bookcliffs are bright, as seen from the lofty view of an EcoFlight aircraft last week. The South Shale Ridge has brought to the fore a dispute over how the local BLM handles issues surrounding lands with wilderness characteristics and oil and gas development in its proposed resource management plan.

Stretching across some eight miles and 27,500 acres west of De Beque, South Shale Ridge attracts the eye with its steep badlands painted in a veritable rainbow of hues.
“Purplish-brown, grayish-yellow, and pinkish-colored layers exposed by erosional forces characterize much of this area,” said a Bureau of Land Management report that found the ridge had wilderness character.

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