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Potential Road Closures on Public Lands

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Updated: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 07:16:34 MST

WESTERN SLOPE, Colo. - The Associated Governments of the Northwest Colorado (AGNC) held their board meeting in Parachute Thursday.

One of the main focuses of the meeting was a presentation on the potential road closures on public lands in Western Colorado.

Last spring the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) drafted 4 different plans to increase protection of sensitive resources including wildlife habitats on public land, which could also mean potential road closures in those areas.

"We're not attacking anyone, this is an educational forum saying that everyone needs to be involved because access to our public lands is what the entire West was about," said Garfield County Commissoner John Martin.

"So if we have the jurisdiction, we've defined legal right of ways, they can't close them even under the federal code of regulations so we need to be willing to step up and honor the state's authority," said Brandon Siegfried a Grand Junction owner.

Those in opposition to the proposal felt BLM was overstepping their jurisdiction on public land.

The proposals are still in the draft stages as BLM is reviewing more than 4,000 public comments based on the 4 different plans.

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