New article in the #ChaffeeCountyTimes: “BLM Proposal Would Eliminate Public Land Protections; Comment Deadline is Friday.” “Of the 658,000 acres of land managed by the BLM in the Upper Arkansas Valley, 98 percent would be open to mining, oil and gas extraction, new roads and other types of development under the proposed Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan. The BLM is currently accepting public comments about this proposed plan, and the deadline to comment is Friday, Sept. 20. As part of the planning process, local BLM officials identified more than 190,000 acres as Lands with Wilderness Characteristics, but the preferred alternative that came back from Department of Interior officials in Washington would manage only 1,300 acres as Lands with Wilderness Characteristics. Additionally, the BLM’s Royal Gorge Field Office currently manages 79,108 acres as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, but the preferred alternative would scale that back to 46,000 acres. Public lands that would lose protections include wildlands in and around Browns Canyon, Badger Creek, Echo Canyon, Bear Mountain, Cotopaxi and Coaldale.” Read the full article here: http://www.chaffeecountytimes.com/community/blm-proposal-would-eliminate-public-land-protections-comment-deadline-is/article_0a26c278-da5b-11e9-bcf0-2f0f8f429112.html Comment to the BLM by TOMORROW, SEPT 20: https://go.usa.gov/xQcZT Photo: Railroad Gulch by Linda Gibas, #FriendsofBrownsCanyon @mypubliclands @usinterior #BLMWild #seeblm #coloradowild #yourpubliclands #publiclands

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New article in the #ChaffeeCountyTimes: “BLM Proposal Would Eliminate Public Land Protections; Comment Deadline is Friday.” “Of the 658,000 acres of land managed by the BLM in the Upper Arkansas Valley, 98 percent would be open to mining, oil and gas extraction, new roads and other types of development under the proposed Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan.
The BLM is currently accepting public comments about this proposed plan, and the deadline to comment is Friday, Sept. 20.
As part of the planning process, local BLM officials identified more than 190,000 acres as Lands with Wilderness Characteristics, but the preferred alternative that came back from Department of Interior officials in Washington would manage only 1,300 acres as Lands with Wilderness Characteristics.
Additionally, the BLM’s Royal Gorge Field Office currently manages 79,108 acres as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, but the preferred alternative would scale that back to 46,000 acres.
Public lands that would lose protections include wildlands in and around Browns Canyon, Badger Creek, Echo Canyon, Bear Mountain, Cotopaxi and Coaldale.”
Read the full article here: http://www.chaffeecountytimes.com/community/blm-proposal-would-eliminate-public-land-protections-comment-deadline-is/article_0a26c278-da5b-11e9-bcf0-2f0f8f429112.html

Comment to the BLM by TOMORROW, SEPT 20: https://go.usa.gov/xQcZT

Photo: Railroad Gulch by Linda Gibas, #FriendsofBrownsCanyon
@mypubliclands @usinterior #BLMWild #seeblm #coloradowild #yourpubliclands #publiclands

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