Colorado River Valley BLM debuts resource management plan

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. There's a new plan to protect resources, while also allowing for development in the Colorado River Valley.

The Bureau of Land Management field office in the Colorado River Valley debuted a long-term resource management plan.

BLM offices look at these plans every 20 years for major changes.

"This is a very collaborative process where we have a lot of people who cooperate with us and help us understand what it is that the American public wants to see for their public lands," said Chris Joyner, of the Bureau of Land Management.

This new plan took into account the increasing popularity of ATVs as well as the use of horizontal drilling instead of vertical drilling.

The entire review process takes a couple of years.

The Grand Junction Office is in the process of looking at public comments and putting together its own resource management plan proposal.

The plan is expected to be released within the year.

The office is also working on a proposal for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.

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