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Due to due to the snowy weather conditions, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Comanche-Cimarron National Grasslands (PSICC) have postponed the open houses set for tonight, Oct. 28 on the  draft plan for managing Browns Canyon National Monument.

The new dates for the BLM and USFS public open houses during the formal comment period are:

  • November 18– SteamPlant Event Center located at 220 West Sackett Avenue in Salida
  • November 19– Buena Vista Community Center located at 715 E. Main Street in Buena Vista
  • November 20– Marriott Denver West located in Golden, CO at 1717 Denver West Boulevard

The meetings will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in each town event.

With the announcement of the plan, the agencies are now in the stages of looking for feedback in the form of public comments on the three alternative management scenarios that are outlined in the Environmental Impact Statement for the Browns Canyon Resource Management Plan (RMP). The announcement opens a 90-day public comment period with the document available for viewing at the link provided below.

Browns Canyon National Monument was established by a Presidential Proclamation in February of 2015. The BLM manages 9,790 acres of this land while the USFS manages 11,810 acres of the 21,600-acre monument.

BLM Royal Gorge Field Manager Keith Berger said, “Engaged partners and communities were an important part in our development of this draft plan to manage this incredible resource.”

Link for the document for review on the BLM’s ePlanning website: