The sixth episode of Trails Radio on KAFM welcomed back Collin Ewin and Chris Pipkin of the Grand Junction Field Office of the BLM. Our conversation was focused on the upcoming release of the Draft RMP and Travel Management Plans and how the public can get involved with comments.
Currently the 1.2 Million acres of BLM lands that make up a significant portion of the public lands in and around the Grand Valley are managed under the 1987 Resource Management Plan. Over the past three years, the Grand Junction Field Office of the BLM has undertaken a long and deliberate process to create a new, draft Resource Management Plan or RMP and an accompanying Travel Management Plan.
The Draft RMP and Travel Management Plans will be released in the next few days and the public comment period that lasts 90 days will begin shortly thereafter. This comment period is the public’s opportunity to provide the BLM valuable feedback over the draft document and help ensure that the goals and values the public wants to see represented in public lands are properly represented in the final document.
Today’s discussion focused on where the history of the document, how the public has been involved already and how they can best be involved during the public comment period including what the document looks like, how the BLM prefers comments to be submitted and information about how the public can attend meetings to learn more about the draft document.
Next Month on Trail Radio
Next month I hope to have representatives from the winter trail activities that are part of life in the Grand Valley. Tune in February 13th at noon on KAFM 88.1 FM.
If you missed today’s show, you can listen to the recording of the show.