BLM seeks public input on Chaffee County Camping and Travel Management Plan – by Community Contributor

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office is seeking public comment on the environmental assessment of the Chaffee County Camping and Travel Management Plan.

The public can submit comments via ePlanning until October 8, 2022. The most useful comments would provide the BLM with information to improve the analysis and ensure that the impacts are properly determined before the BLM makes a final decision on the proposed management effort.

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“So far, we have received excellent feedback from the public on how best to manage the recent dramatic increases in leisure use in our field office,” said Keith Berger, Field Office Manager at Royal Throat. “We believe we have developed an excellent plan that meets our multi-use mandate while providing many quality camping experiences for visitors to public lands.”

An environmental assessment has been prepared for the proposed management plan to determine the significance of environmental impacts and to provide a basis for sound decision-making. The assessment includes various alternatives for managing camping and motorized travel on approximately 38,000 acres of BLM-administered land in Chaffee County.

This proposed management plan and associated analysis would enable the BLM to manage camping and recreation areas while providing a safe and enjoyable visitor experience.

BLM initiated this effort based on concerns identified by BLM resource specialists, public land users, and public land neighbors with the goal of promoting collaboration and coordination with local communities. Additional information is available at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2012291/510.

For more information, please contact Kalem Lenard, Assistant Field Manager at 719-433-8486 or [email protected] or Linda Skinner, Outdoor Recreation Planner at 719-269-8732 or [email protected]

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