Controversy Continues Over Proposed Bangs Canyon Plan

Some Bangs Canyon area residents are upset over an environmental assessment from the Bureau of Land Management, one they say would endanger wildlife and bring more traffic to the area. Thursday, the concerned citizens voiced their opinions on the B.L.M.'s Bangs Canyon plan implementation which they say is premature and needs more public input.

The Bureau of Land Management has already extended public comment for 30 days and says the preferred alternative will enhance wildlife and balance the use of the land.

At the Bangs Canyon staging area this morning more than 25 people gathered to speak about their apprehensions on the number of new trails being proposed, as well as potential safety issues on surrounding roads. According to the B.L.M. this preferred alternative proposes to close seven miles of the Tabaguache Trail to motorists in order to preserve it for quiet use.

The B.L.M. would also connect existing trails in the area to allow motorists, hikers, cyclists and hunters to have more access to the area while preserving 18,000 acres of land, but some people who live near Bangs Canyon say the alternative will not protect the natural character of the area and there will be too many off road vehicles riding the on the narrow new trails.

The B.L.M. will continue to take public input on the management plan until Monday. Any concerns should be brought directly to the Grand Junction B.L.M. office located on H Road.

Bangs Canyon is located on the edge of Grand Junction. The Bangs Canyon Plan was finalized in 1999 and the Grand Junction Management Plan was finalized in the late 1980's.
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