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The Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office is accepting public comment until Jan. 31 on planning for the management of camping and scattered trips on BLM public lands in Chaffee County.

“Leisure use, especially scattered camping, has increased dramatically in recent years,” said Keith Berger, director of the Royal Gorge field office, in a press release.

“This increase in use has resulted in a host of issues, such as vegetation and habitat loss, erosion and sanitation impacts, all of which affect people’s recreation experiences and our ability to fulfill our multiple use mandate. ”

The BLM is seeking feedback on alternatives for camping and travel management on approximately 38,000 acres of BLM public land in Chaffee County, where demand for camping has increased over the past decade. The alternatives describe various scenarios, based on both the contribution of the public and the BLM resource specialists, for the management of the campsite in the planning area. These alternatives include monitoring as well as various adaptive management strategies the agency can employ if demand and problems continue to increase.

Berger said the most useful comments would provide information on the alternatives outlined in the document and identify resources and issues that should be considered for detailed analysis in the environmental assessment.

The BLM is launching the effort based on concerns identified by BLM resource specialists, public land users and neighbors of public lands. The planning effort is aligned with the Chaffee County Recreation in Balance group and is also coordinated with the US Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Additional information is available and public comments will be accepted through the electronic project planning website at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2012291/510

Direct additional questions to Kalem Lenard, Assistant Field Manager, at 719-433-8486 or jlenard@blm.gov


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