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Red_Chili
12-14-2007, 06:01 PM
Get Involved with the San Juan National Forest & Field Office Land Management Process!

December 14, 2007 – San Juan National Forest and BLM’s San Juan Field Office have prepared a Draft Land Management Plan (LMP)/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for 1,867,800 acres in Archuleta, Conejos, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Montrose, Rio Grande, San Juan and San Miguel counties. These public lands under are managed under Service First, which is a partnership between the Forest Service and BLM. Thus, the planning revision process for the respective areas of both agencies falls under one plan. The Plan will address recreation and travel management generally, and under the preferred plan, Big Gypsum Valley is listed as a proposed Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). OHV use will be limited to designated routes within the ACEC.

Comments on the Proposed San Juan Land Management Plan must be submitted by March 13, 2008. Comments may be submitted by fax at (916) 456-6724, by going to clicking here (http://ocs.fortlewis.edu/forestplan/comments_07/comments.asp) or by mail at:

LMP Comments
San Juan Plan Revision
P.O. Box 162909
Sacramento, CA 95816
[edit: CALIFORNIA??!?!]


For further information on the plan details, please visit the Fort Lewis site by clicking here (http://ocs.fortlewis.edu/forestplan).

Additionally, a series of public meetings have been announced to discuss the issues addressed above. In order to protect your access to these public lands, it is important that you get involved with BLM & Forest Service staff by attending these meetings and submitting comments. The meetings will be take place from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on the followings days as listed below.

January 16th, 2008
Cortez Holiday Inn/Koko's Conference Center
2121 East Main
Cortez, Colorado

January 23, 2008

Durango Community Recreation Center
2700 Main Avenue
Durango, Colorado

January 29, 2008
Pagosa Springs Community Center
451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Pagosa Springs, Colorado

January 31, 2008

Silverton Town Hall
1360 Greene Street
Silverton, Colorado

February 6, 2008
Rico Town Hall
North Commercial
Rico, Colorado

For additional information, please contact Shannon Manfredi, Planning Team Leader, at (970) 385-1229 or smanfredi@fs.fed.us (manfredi_s@fortlewis.edu%20).