BLM to Hold Open House on Ruby-Horsethief Permit Proposals
Grand Junction, CO -- The Bureau of Land Management’s McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area will hold an open house June 1 to discuss new approaches to managing visitor use in the Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River. Four alternatives are being considered, including different scenarios for fees and permits.
The Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado runs through McInnis Canyons NCA, and the NCA staff is seeking the public’s feedback on four possible alternatives for potential permit systems. This public input will be used to prepare an Environmental Assessment to analyze options for managing public use, minimizing impacts to boaters’ experiences and protecting natural resources.
The BLM has spent the last year exploring options for future management direction for the river stretch to keep up with increased boating and camping use. Alternatives range from continuing to manage the river as is to instituting a registration system that would limit the number of campers each night on the river, and potentially including a $7 per person, per night overnight camping fee to help support the delivery of enhanced visitor services on the river.
“With more people visiting the area and floating the river, we’ve seen an increase in confusion and ineffectiveness of the voluntary campsite registration system,” said Katie A. Stevens, NCA Manager. “Impacts to the quality of the visitor experience and damage to resources have also increased, including unauthorized campsites and trash and waste build-up. We are looking for a way to eliminate confusion and limit resource damage while still allowing for a casual and enjoyable float and camping experience for boaters.”
The open house will be held June 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the BLM Grand Junction Field office at 2815 H Road in Grand Junction. Members of the McInnis Canyons NCA Subgroup of the Northwest Resource Advisory Council will be present from 5 to 7 p.m..
The alternatives have also been posted to the BLM website, and members of the public have an opportunity to submit comments online, as well. To review the alternatives, go to Ruby Horsethief
. A comment form will be posted at this same address; comments may be submitted in hard copy or by emailing to [email protected]
. For more information, contact Katie Stevens, NCA manager, at (970) 244-3049.
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