GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A council of citizens that advises the Bureau of Land Management about public lands is supporting a plan to add more campgrounds to the Rabbit Valley area.
They made the decision at a meeting Thursday afternoon. The BLM Southwest Resource Advisory Council is made up of volunteers appointed by the Secretary of the Interior.
Land managers say the spot, near the Colorado, Utah border, is getting busy with outdoor activities like mountain biking and off-roading.
"What we've seen is a doubling in the number of user-created campsites, so that's removing vegetation, we see a lot of human waste and fire ash issues out there. Damage to archeological resources out there, so we're trying to decide what are the appropriate places for people to camp, and how do we do that," Collin Ewing, National Conservation Area Manager said.
Going over comments submitted by the public was part of the meeting, and informed the council's support of adding campsites. That support means BLM will likely move forward with the plan.