Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan Revision
BLM's Draft Resource Management Plan Lacks Protections
for Wilderness, Wildlife, Backcountry Quiet Recreation and Areas of Special Biodiverstiy
The Plan Opens Vast Areas for Potential Energy Development
The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office released their long awaited Draft Resource Management Plan, only to threaten the future of our local Colorado wild public lands by systematically ignoring public input and local economic benefits, while prioritizing development over conservation and area wildlife.
A good summary and implications are at BLM Wild. Wild Connections's Fact Sheet also has many details.
Ask BLM to craft a final alternative that includes the protections found in Alt. B
Check these for information to help you make effective comments. They are due by September 20th.
If you want to explore the Draft plan in detail, check out BLM's story map. You can find the major provisions, zoom the map to a place of particular interest, or use an interactive map to compare selected features of each alternative.
Join Wild Connections beginning in August for day-long hikes to some of the Lands with Wilderness Characteristics that are not currently included in the preferred Alt. D.
Echo Canyon, Table Mountain at Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Photo EcoFlight.
Eastern Colorado RMP plannign area. Click on the map to enlarge.
Priority Areas for Protection
The conservation coalition used Wild Connections' inventory of "Lands With Wilderness Characteristics" to select these places of exceptional natural values. You can learn more about them: ... Pew Charitable Trusts' #BLMWild has a splendid presentation with photos and detailed descriptions of these areas ... On our Priority Areas page there are links to several fact sheets ... Or download a briefPriority Areas Descriptions PDF file..
Along the Arkansas River in Bighorn Sheep Canyon:
Echo Canyon, Table Mountain
North and South Badger Creek
North of Cotopaxi: Sand Gulch and Falls Gulch Mountain
Bear Mountain, West Table Mountain
In the Gold Belt Region
Cooper Mountain, north of Canon City
Upper Red Canyon, adjacent to the popular Shelf Road climbing area
Eightmile Mountain - Thompson, Gribble, and Twin Mountains off of Highway 9
Cucharas Canyon, northeast of Walsenburg on the plains
In South Park
Go here to download the Planning Area map as a PDF file
Go here to download the Arkansas Canyon map as a PDF file