BLM extends comment period for GJ-area plan

The deadline to comment on the management of more than 1 million acres of public land has been extended by 60 days.

The Grand Junction Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management extended the comment period from the original April 25 deadline to June 24 after hearing from several individuals and organizations, Field Manager Katie Stevens said.

Most of the comments have centered on the travel-management section of the draft resource-management plan, a document that will be used by the office for at least the next two decades, Stevens said.

“We get it; it’s a lot to review,” she said.

Comments need not be limited to travel management and may be made on any aspect of the plan through the extended period, Stevens said.

The bureau also has scheduled a meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. April 6 at Two Rivers Convention Center to accommodate discussion of the draft travel management plan.

Energy industry and environmental organizations also have been active in studying the draft plan, and the Mesa County Commission had called for the extension for comments.

“We genuinely appreciate this high level of interest within the community about how public lands will be managed in the Grand Junction Field Office,” Stevens said.

For additional information, including how to provide comments or to view a copy of the draft plan, including the draft travel-management plan, visit http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo/rmp/rmp.html.


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