by CMC Conservation Director Julie Mach
The Bureau of Land Management has officially announced that it will begin the public scoping process for the Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan in June. The revised plan will impact BLM lands in all of eastern Colorado, the Front Range, through Canon City, Salida, Leadville and Fairplay. That’s a huge area with a wide variety of landscapes, resource concerns, and recreation opportunities (hiking, biking, boating and backcountry skiing, among others) so it’s important to get involved early. [Want to learn more about what an RMP process entails? Read the BLM’s overview here]
To kick off the process, the BLM is hosting a series of Envisioning meetings, followed by Scoping meetings, this spring and summer. It’s essential we pack those meetings and ensure that there is a strong voice for human-powered recreation and conservation. Here’s where you can attend:
|Location||Envisioning Meetings||Scoping Meetings|
Greeley Recreation Center, 651 10th Avenue
|May 18||7:00–9:00 pm||June 16||5:30–7:30 pm|
Denver Mariott West, 1717 Denver West Blvd.
|May 19||3:00–5:00 pm||June 15||5:30–7:30 pm|
Fairplay Community Center, 880 Bogue St. (fairgrounds)
|May 20||2:00-4:00 pm||June 24||5:30–7:30 pm|
Salida High School, 26 Jones Avenue
|May 26||7:00–9:00 pm||June 23||5:30–7:30 pm|
National Mining Musuem, 117 East 10th St.
|May 27||5:30–7:30 pm||June 25||5:30–7:30 pm|
Huerfano County Community Center, 1038 Russell
|June 2||7:00–9:00 pm||June 30||5:30–7:30 pm|
Washington Elementary School, 606 N. 9th St.
|June 3||7:00–9:00 pm||June 29||5:30–7:30 pm|
Recreation Management Areas
CMC staff and volunteers are working closely with other conservation and recreation organizations to develop proposals for Recreation Management Areas (RMA) that will ensure public access is balanced with preservation of habitat, watersheds, and viewscapes. The rationale for designating an RMA may include:
- Recognizing unique, important, or distinct recreation values
- Meeting demand for recreation opportunities
- Maintaining existing or enhancing desired recreation setting characteristics
- Recognizing Recreation and Visitor Service (R&VS) program investments
- Addressing recreation issues
- Resolving use and user conflicts
- Establishing compatible user with other resource uses or resource protection needs
CMC and partner groups will be hosting tours of potential RMAs, facilitating letter-writing workshops and coordinating user input across the state. Dates and details will be available on the CMC Conservation Department website. If you live in the area or would like to get more involved in the planning process, contact CMC’s Conservation Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.