Salazar seeks input on conservation plan | AspenTimes.com

Salazar seeks input on conservation plan

Grand Junction Free Press Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” A Colorado congressman hopes to gather In additional input from Western Slope communities regarding the creation of a National Conservation Area for the Dominguez and Escalante areas of far western Colorado.

U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D, Colo., sent a letter to Mesa, Delta and Montrose county commissioners seeking their thoughts on a recent proposal drafted by the Natural Resources and Land Policy Institute at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.

The report summarizes discussions from a set of public meetings the institute organized to discuss the Dominguez-Escalante NCA proposal and provides recommendations for further action.

“Local communities should have a strong voice in any land management decision that is made,” Salazar said. “Much time has been spent hearing public opinion on the creation of a National Conservation Area for the Dominguez-Escalante area and it is important the county commissioners now have the time to review the public’s input. I look forward to hearing their recommendations and stand ready to assist in any way possible on further action.”

The proposed National Conservation Area would include approximately 200,000 acres of land west of Delta and Montrose, and south of Grand Junction, managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Giving the Dominguez-Escalante area a NCA designation would place the area within the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System, which receives a greater share of funding for recreation and resource protection than other BLM lands, Salazar’s office said.

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