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Old 05-15-2019   #1
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Public scoping open for Browns Canyon NM


On May 14, 2019, the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) published in the Federal Register a notice of intent (NOI) to prepare a Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) for Browns Canyon National Monument (BCNM).

The BLM and USFS are soliciting comments from the public about issues to be addressed in the BCNM RMP/EIS, such as wild and scenic river values and those described in the Planning Criteria Report.

Comments can be submitted online through the interactive mapping tool here: ArcGIS Web Application, through the Documents & Reports page, or by U.S. Mail to BCNM RMP/EIS, 5575 Cleora Road, Salida, CO 81201. Please do not email comments.

Written comments must be received by June 13, 2019, in order to receive a formal response in a scoping comment report, which will be released at a later date.


The most useful comments are specific comments about BCNM management issues, goals, and objectives. The BLM and USFS are especially interested in comments on the preliminary alternatives and basis for analysis found in the Planning Criteria Report (see Documents & Reports page, and comments on wild and scenic river values (see the Issues page).

Effective comments provide constructive solutions, specific examples, and supporting documentation; are clear, concise, and relevant; and avoid simply stating an opinion.

The BLM and USFS will review comments submitted during the scoping period and respond to them in a scoping comment report to be published at a later date. Comments submitted outside of this period will be considered but won’t be in the scoping report.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
The Browns Canyon National Monument was established by presidential proclamation under the Antiquites Act on February 19, 2015. The monument covers 21,604 acres of scenic and diverse natural resources along the upper Arkansas River of Colorado and encompasses both BLM and U.S. Forest Service (FS) lands.

Browns Canyon National Monument includes the Arkansas River Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA), the Browns Canyon Wilderness Study Area, the Browns Canyon Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), and U.S. Forest Service roadless areas. In addition, a portion of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA), a cooperative management area along the Arkansas River administered by the FS, the BLM, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), is included.

This project is to develop an interagency cooperative plan, to manage, into the future, the many resources the monument has to offer.
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Old 05-15-2019   #2
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A couple of topics I can suggest commenting on include NOT recommending the Ark through Browns Canyon for Wild and Scenic status. Any W&S designation has the potential to jeopardize the highly successful Voluntary Flow Management Program.

The other would be to request management of "float-in camping" remain under the authority of CPW/AHRA. There seems to be some disagreement regarding the legislative language that authorizes the AHRA to manage land based recreation 200' from the river's high water mark.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
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220 West Sackett Avenue, Salida, CO 81201
Monday, June 3, 2019
5:30–7:30 p.m.

Buena Vista Community Center
715 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
5:30–7:30 p.m.

Marriott Denver West
1717 Denver West Boulevard, Golden, CO
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
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There will also be two public scoping webinars online on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12:00–1:00 pm, and Tuesday, June 04, 2019, 1:00–2:00 pm, MDT. For webinar call-in information or updates regarding public meetings, visit the BCNM ePlanning website at or call 719-269-8500, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MDT. All open houses will start with a short presentation on the BCNP RMP/EIS and the planning process.
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