Land Use Plan For Dominguez, Escalante Canyons Discussed

The Bureau of Land Management is appointing two private citizens to oversee the creation of a use plan for Dominguez and Escalante Canyons. The community stewardship plan was announced during a rare gathering of the resource advisory councils from both the northwest and southwest portions of colorado. It took place Friday in Delta.

The citizen representatives will join BLM field managers in designing a plan for Dominguez and Escalante Canyons in areas of recreation, agriculture, and wilderness designation.

The Resource Advisory Councils were also clued into the BLM's strategy to preserve sage grouse. The bird was recently turned down for endangered species status, but is classified by the BLM as a special status species. Each Resource Advisory Council has 15 members from a variety of backgrounds.

Each member is appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to make recommendations to the BLM on public land issues for the region.

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