The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests are revising their forest-wide management plan for the first time in 38 years. This is the first opportunity in decades to protect watershed areas like the Uncompahgre River, Bear Creek and Dallas Creek. Our community can contribute to improving the plan and provide our local expertise by submitting public comments about the plan. Comments were originally due on November 12, but the Forest Service have extended the deadline to Nov. 26.
See the draft plan and related resources.Many of the streams are free-flowing and offer outstanding values, including paddling, breathtaking scenery, fish habitat, and profound history and culture. The outcome of the forest plan revision will determine whether these free-flowing rivers and their outstanding values will be protected for the life of the 20-30 year plan – or not. For some watershed residents, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to help secure long-term protections for critical Colorado streams.
UWP has been working with American Whitewater, the Outdoor Alliance and other recreation and conservation organizations to advocate for stronger river protections and sustainable recreation management. Collectively, we created a vision for how human-powered recreation should be managed in the Forest, and UWP is advocating that the sections of the vision about our watershed be adopted into the forest plan revision. You can view the proposal here and its accompanying map here.
You can submit your comments using the online comment tool by clicking HERE. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Comments can also be submitted via:
Fax: (970) 874-6698
Mail: 2250 South Main Street, Delta, CO 81416