BLM seeks public comment about managing Sutey Ranch and Haines properties

The BLM will be hosting a public open house July 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Carbondale at the 3rd Street Center, 520 3rd Street, to help answer questions and take written comments.

RFMBA has been envisioning (and discussing with BLM staff + Red Hill Council members) two trails open to bikes from the new Sutey trailhead to allow for a loop experience vs. an out-and-back.

One trail to connect to Red Hill’s Big Top trail and one trail to connect with Red Hill’s Northside Loop.

We are not advocating for access to the existing ranch roads which mostly coincide with the open meadows/fields favored by wildlife.

Please come to the public open house to express your desire for these new trails.

More info:

he Bureau of Land Management announced the beginning of the public planning process for the Roaring Fork Valley properties it acquired last year through the Sutey Ranch Land Exchange.

In March 2017, after a high-profile, multi-year land exchange process, the BLM acquired the 557-acre Sutey Ranch north of Carbondale and 112-acre Haines Parcel along Prince Creek south of Carbondale in exchange for several parcels with little to no public access. The Sutey Ranch parcel provides critical big-game habitat and has the potential to provide access to significant recreational opportunities, while the Haines parcel provides trail connections to popular mountain bike trails.

“Public involvement will continue to play a critical role as we move forward with site-specific planning for the Sutey and Haines parcels,” said Acting BLM Colorado River Valley Field Manager Gloria Tibbetts. “Before we begin drafting the management plan for these parcels, we want to hear from the public about any issues or concerns they would like us to address. We welcome and value diverse views from the communities we serve.”

The BLM will be hosting a public open house July 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Carbondale at the 3rd Street Center, 520 3rd Street, to help answer questions and take written comments.

More information about the parcels and the planning process is available at https://go.usa.gov/xnvM5. Comments may be e-mailed to blm_co_sutey_haines_rmpa@blm.gov or mailed to BLM, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652, Attn: Sutey/Haines Management Plan. The BLM must receive comments by Aug. 5, 2018.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.