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How to get Involved 
Public Involvement

Public involvement is an integral part of shaping the Eastern Colorado RMP/EIS. The BLM needs the public to help formulate the RMP. The BLM is seeking public input through a number of ways including a series of public meetings in early April to discuss the Preliminary Alternatives Report and Draft Basis for Analysis.

Click on Meetings in the navigation links on the left for information about upcoming meetings.

The BLM also held two sets of meetings to solicit public input earlier in the planning process. In the first set of meetings, called "envisioning," the BLM, with assistance from Colorado Mesa University, worked collaboratively with the public, cooperating agencies, partners, and other stakeholders to establish a vision and key management priorities for the RMP. 

The second set of meetings, called "scoping," were where the public could learn more about the project and planning process, meet with BLM representatives, and provide written comments to help identify planning issues.

 
 
 
Public Comments

The BLM will accept comments throughout the planning process, including outside of the official comment periods; however, only comments submitted during the official periods will be included in final comment reports. To comment electronically (only available during official comment periods), click on the Documents & Reports link on the menu to the left. Information on alternative ways of commenting is available for download here. See also FAQs on the menu to the left.

To otherwise submit a comment or to be added to the ECRMP email or mailing list, contact the BLM:
  • Fax: 719-269-8599
    Email: ecrmp.comments@blm.gov
    Mail: John Smeins, BLM Royal Gorge Field Office, 3028 E. Main St., Cañon City, CO 81212
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be advised that your entire comment—including your personal identifying informationmay be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.


Why Public Comments Are Important

This is an opportunity for the public to be involved in the shaping the future of BLM-managed public lands and to offer thoughts on alternative ways for the agency to accomplish its mission. Comments that provide relevant and new information with sufficient detail ("substantive" comments) are the most useful, and they are the only kind of comments that will be considered in the final RMP.

Substantive comments do one or more of the following:
  • Raise issues BLM has not considered, or reinforce issues BLM has already identified.
    Identify additional planning criteria.
    Provide information that can be used when developing alternatives.
    Provide reasonable alternatives.
    Provide information that can be used when BLM considers impacts of alternatives.
    Raise concerns, with reasoning, regarding public land resources within the planning area.
    Raise concerns, with reasoning, regarding uses of public lands within the planning area.
    Recommend specific changes to the landscape or management actions.
    Question, with reasonable basis, the accuracy of information in a report already created.

Comments that are not substantive:

  • State they are in favor of or against an action without giving a reason (e.g., saying "I don’t like" an action without saying why).
    Only agree or disagree with BLM policy.
    Do not provide justification or supporting data (e.g., saying "allow more grazing" without saying why).
    Don’t pertain to the planning area (e.g., "the government should eliminate all dams throughout the west").
    Take the form of vague, open-ended questions.