Mediators to hold listening sessions about monument operations

Three listening sessions to gather the sense of Grand Valley residents about the operations of Colorado National Monument will be next week.

The sessions, which sprang from a proposal for a visitor-activity and commercial-services plan, will be on Tuesday in Grand Junction, Wednesday in Fruita and Thursday in Glade Park.

The meetings will be conducted by CDR Associates, a Boulder-based mediation group, which also conducted meetings in 2013.

CDR found that many Grand Valley residents were confused about the exact nature of the monument, which overlooks the Grand Valley from the south, as well as that many people believed management decisions to be inconsistent and reached without taking into account neighbors’ opinions.

The idea of having a visitor-activity and commercial-services plan arose after Park Service officials rejected proposals for bicycle races across the 23 miles of Rim Rock Drive.

The meetings will start with a session from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St., followed by a session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St.

The third listening session will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Glade Park Community Building, 101 Road 16.5.


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