BLM Seeks Input

BLM Seeks Input on New Rule to Protect Public Land on Colorado’s Western Slope

GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is calling for public comments on a proposed supplementary rule aimed at enhancing natural resource protection and ensuring safe public recreation on the Western Slope of Colorado. This rule is designed to formalize several longstanding guidelines and restrictions typically observed in most public lands.

The rule encompasses a range of site-specific issues, such as regulating campfire sizes, ensuring proper disposal of human waste, and requiring pets to be under control, including keeping dogs leashed in designated areas. Acting BLM Northwest District Manager James Michels emphasized that the rule will not significantly alter current land management but will bolster the ability to uphold commitments made in resource management plans.

These plans, developed in collaboration with the public and partners, include those for the Colorado River Valley Field Office, Grand Junction Field Office, Kremmling Field Office, and the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. The proposed rule aims to implement decisions from these plans, supplementing existing regulations to protect both natural resources and public safety.

Acting BLM Upper Colorado River District Manager Philip Cooley highlighted that the rule facilitates the implementation of best management practices specific to the areas outlined in the resource management plans.

BLM Land Map in Colorado
All bright yellow land is managed by the BLM, primarily on the Western Slope.

Public Comment Period and Impact

The BLM has opened a 60-day public comment period for this rule, scheduled to close on March 25, 2024. The rule and associated documents are available for review at the BLM National NEPA Register, where written comments can be submitted online or mailed to the Upper Colorado River District Office.

The Role of Public Comment in Shaping Agency Regulations

Public comments play a crucial role in the formation of agency regulations. Unlike voting, which occurs at set intervals and often on broader issues, public commenting offers a more direct and focused way to influence specific policies. When individuals provide comments on proposed rules, they contribute to shaping policies that directly affect their communities and interests. These comments help agencies like the BLM gauge public sentiment, identify potential issues, and refine regulations to better serve the community and the environment.

Click here to review the project documents and leave a comment.

Comments should be specific, address issues pertinent to the rule, and explain reasons for any recommended changes. Importantly, comments become part of the public record, contributing to a transparent policy-making process. The BLM encourages all interested parties to participate in this essential aspect of democratic governance.

For further information, please contact Deputy Upper Colorado District Manager Erin Jones at erjones@blm.gov or (970) 244-3008.

 


 

About the Bureau of Land Management:

The BLM manages over 245 million acres of public land primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate nationwide. Its mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Alex Derr, Founder of The Next Summit

Alex Derr is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.

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