BLM discusses comments on new resource management plan

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) The Bureau of Land Management shared the overall topics of concern brought about in public comments on its new resource management plan.

"Our job as public land managers is to think of how current generations want to enjoy and use the land and how future generations want to see that land preserved," said Katie Stevens, field manager of the BLM's Grand Junction office.

The plan stirred up controversy when it first came out, so the BLM extended the comment period from 90 to 150 days.

Stevens said the BLM received 4000 letters and emails during the public comment period on a wide range of issues. Recreation, air quality and management of oil and gas development were the main topics discussed in the comments.

"We got really thorough comments from a lot of folks," said Stevens. "I think the recreation audience in particular really dug in and then those really specific comments back from individual oil and gas operators."

The plan is set to be released in 2014 and it will last 20 years.

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