BLM Makes A Big Purchase

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The purchase of private lands in McInnis Canyons looks to make what many call one of the best wilderness areas on the Western Slope that much better.

The Bureau of Land Management and the Trust for Public Land celebrated the big purchase Saturday. The purchase is the 520 acre tract of private land within the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.

Several people spoke at the event, including BLM State Director, Sally Wisely. The land is located in the heart of Rabbit Valley, also known as the "upside down question mark." The area is a good place for recreational activities because of the size and the accessibility of the land.

The land was transferred to the BLM this past spring by the Trust for Public Land. It is the seventh piece of land purchased from the Jouflas family of Grand Junction.