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Browns Canyon National Monument - Management Planning

NOTICE 2/16/2018
BLM and USFS are currently assessing ecological conditions and trends of the resources, objects, and values of the Browns Canyon National Monument in a planning assessment report to inform land use planning and a Management Plan to be completed in 2017-2020. The schedule for public scoping and management planning is currently being re-evaluated.

Background:  BLM and USFS published the reportSocial Landscape of the Browns Canyon National Monument which can be downloaded by clicking the Documents & Reports link to the left.  The report is follow-up to public comments received since draft study presentation at the Salida Steam Plant on May 20, 2017  During Fall 2016 - Summer 2017 researchers from the US Forest Service Pacfic NW Research Station, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Consensus Building Institute, and BLM National Operations Center completed an innovative, independent, and pilot study following USFS participatory human ecology mapping protocols to better understand public views and values associated with the Browns Canyon National Monument .  The report summarizes listening session results gathered through in-person and online mapping tools to better understand people’s views, significant places, and values, and most important to inform and guide monument management and desired future outcomes for the next 20 years.

Please continue to monitor this site for information on the management planning process for the Browns Canyon National Monument. Thank you for your continued interest!!
The Browns Canyon National Monument was established by presidential proclamation under the Antiquites Act on February 19, 2015.  The monument covers an area of 21,604 acres of scenic and diverse natural resources along the upper Arkansas River of Colorado and encompasses both the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service (FS) lands. Browns Canyon National Monument includes the Arkansas River Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA), the Browns Canyon Wilderness Study Area, the Browns Canyon Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), and U.S. Forest Service roadless areas.  In addition, a portion of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA), a Cooperative Management Area along the Arkansas River administered by the FS, the BLM, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), is included.  This project is an effort to develop an interagency cooperative plan, to manage, into the future, the many resources the Monument has to offer.