Speak up on BLM plan
Western Colorado residents have until Aug. 22 to submit comments on the inaugural resource management plan for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, and we urge them to participate fully.
The conservation area established in 2009 encompasses parts of Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties, and the rules that come from the plan will be significant for the tourism-related economies of all three counties, but there is more to the plan than stunning photos, adventure tales and sales-tax revenues.
Dominguez-Escalante is named for the Franciscan friars who passed through western Colorado in 1776, establishing that an important part of the history of western civilization played out in what is now western Colorado.
The Bureau of Land Management should emphasize the history of the area, including the times before the arrival of European adventurers.
The bureau also is looking for guidance on more modern issues, such as the management of roads and trails, and we urge users of the area, in particular Cactus Park, to let the agency know what routes are most important to hikers and motorized users.
The plan will guide the BLM for the next two decades, and it should reflect care and dedication, not just by the agency, but by the people who live nearby.