BLM, DOW seek input from user groups

BACKCOUNTRY ROADS across Colorado see a never-ending stream of traffic from early spring to late fall. The Grand Junction Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management wants comments about the proposed revision of its Resource Management Plan.



The Grand Junction Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management is redoing its resource management plan and is asking sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts for some input on backcountry travel.

“We really want to hear from the people who are using our roads and trails,” said Catherine Robertson, Grand Junction field manager. “Ensuring our route inventory is accurate is the first step in developing a comprehensive travel management plan.”

Each year, more people and more vehicles impact most of the BLM’s thousands of miles of roads and trails in western Colorado, something to which every hunter, angler and backcountry traveler will attest.

Without your input, there’s no way to know if we need more or fewer ATV or OHV trails, if mountain bikes and dirt bikes can co-exist or if there should be more roadless and non-motorized areas, for several examples.

What can you do? Attend one of the travel management data collection workshops the BLM will host workshops Tuesday at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta, Wednesday at the De Beque Community Center, Thursday at the Collbran Auditorium, Feb. 17 at Gateway Community Center, Feb. 18 at Fruita Civic Center and Feb. 19 at the Grand Junction Courtyard Inn. All workships will be from from 4 to 7 p.m.

Maps of the travel areas are available at the Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road.

The draft resource management plan is due out sometime next year, with a public comment period to follow.

Another set of meetings, hosted by the Division of Wildlife, will be about the yet-to-be-decided format of the 2010-2014 big-game hunting seasons.

These meetings are part of a statewide series of meetings that will aid the Colorado Wildlife Commission in establishing the dates and general set-up for the five-year season structure.

“Public input is key to this process,” said Bill de Vergie, DOW area manager for the Meeker area. “We haven’t heard any strong criticisms of the current structure but we are looking at some adjustments to address the things that have come up over the past five years.”

Division of Wildlife staff members will be at the meetings to present information and answer questions. If you can’t make the meetings, information is available at wildlife.state.co.us.

Click on Hunting, Big Game and then Season Structure.

Meetings for the Northwest Region will be Tuesday at Mountain Valley Bank in Meeker, Wednesday in the Cathy Shipley Community Room in Kremmling,  Thursday at the Eagle County Fairgrounds Pavilion Building in Eagle, Feb. 16 at the DOW Northwest Regional Headquarters, 711 Independent Ave. in Grand Junction, Feb. 18 at the Steamboat Springs DOW office, 925 Weiss Ave., and Feb. 19 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. All meetings will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


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