Tri-County Meeting with Delta, Montrose and Mesa Counties
The Mesa County Commissioners have had a busy week! Earlier in the week the Commissioners were at Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) to meet and work with Commissioners from around the state. An earlier post described the CCI meetings. Today the Commissioners met with the Commissioners from Delta and Montrose Counties and worked through lunch in order to cover as many pertinent issues as possible.
By far the largest topic of mutual concern to all three counties was public lands. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Interior Department continue to make decisions that negatively impact economic development and multi-use of our public lands. From the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (NCA), to the new BLM 2.0 planning initiative, and protected wildlife habitat, there seems to be a continuing drum roll sounding out against local concerns.
The Commissioners from all three counties agreed to renew their efforts to make sure local voices are heard. It was also agreed that most of the opposition that local governing officials face comes from Washington, D.C. and not from local BLM officials. The Commissioners noted it was very frustrating to see Interior Department officials ignore voices like our Senator Gardner who understands the issues of rural Colorado especially with regard to our public lands.
Commissioner Scott McInnis and Administrator Frank Whidden
Commissioner Rose Pugliese and constituent
Commissioner John Justman and Montrose County staff