Tuesday, June 16, 2015

County, BLM meet to discuss travel portion of plan - town hall set for June 24


Mesa County Commissioners and other county staff today met with Bureau of Land Management officials to talk about the travel management  portion of the BLM's Proposed Resource Management Plan.

The county has requested six months to review and comment on the travel portion of the proposed plan. To grant that, the BLM would have to delay implementation of the entire plan.

Today's meeting - at which John Swartout from Gov. John Hickenlooper's office also attended - was designed to try to reach a plan for moving ahead that both groups could agree with.

The Commissioners have organized a Town Hall meeting for Mesa County residents on Wednesday, June 24, at 5:30 p.m. to look at the 300-plus miles of recreational routes that the BLM proposes to be closed in its plan. That meeting, open to the public, will be held in the Hearing Room at the Old Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

The BLM today said it could defer action on some routes the county had concerns over, to give both groups time to reach a resolution.

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