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Sutey Ranch Land Use Plan Amendment

The Sutey Ranch/Haines Parcel Land Use Plan Amendment Record of Decision is now available.

Please click on the "Documents & Reports" link on the left side of the screen to view the Approved RMPA and Record of Decision.


On March 27, 2017, the BLM closed on the Sutey Land Exchange. As part of the land exchange, the Colorado River Valley Field Office (CRVFO) will develop a site-specific management plan for the two acquired parcels that will address all land use planning issues as well as site-specific management.  

The Sutey Ranch BLM parcel contains approximately 557 acres of land and is located about 4 miles north of Carbondale, Colorado. It includes ditch water rights for approximately 2.25 cubic feet per second, decreed to the Park Ditch and Reservoir Company, and 50 acre-feet of water storage rights. It contains big game and wild turkey habitat and is in an area where large blocks of undeveloped habitat are rapidly disappearing due to residential development. In addition to its natural resource values and ability to enhance hunting access, the Sutey Ranch parcel has the potential to increase recreation access to the northeast portion of the Red Hill Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). The BLM manages the SRMA in partnership with the local Red Hill Council.  The Red Hill SRMA receives more than 55,000 visitors per year, Visitors participate in hiking, running mountain biking, horseback riding and hunting.  

The Haines parcel consists of approximately 112 acres located 5 miles southeast of Carbondale on the west side of an area known as The Crown. This parcel is bordered by BLM lands to the east with private land to the north. This parcel currently serves as one of four recreational access points along the Prince Creek Road to BLM’s popular Crown SRMA.  The Crown SRMA is another regional mountain biking destination and is also popular for fall big game hunting.  The CRVFO manages the Crown SRMA in partnership with the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association. Both SRMAs provide visitors and residents easy access to outdoor recreational activities and support local recreation-related businesses and tourism.

Planning Process.  

Public input and collaboration with municipal agencies, such as local governments and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, has been a key part of developing a site-specific management plan for the parcels. The site-specific management plan has been developed within a framework of applicable laws, policies, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis, public participation, and the 2015 Colorado River Valley Field Office Resource Management Plan.

Preliminary planning issues include: recreation management and a potential to expand the SRMAs, big game and wild turkey habitat conservation, travel management, maintaining the existing ranchlands, opening the ranchlands to grazing, utilizing the ranch’s water rights, public outreach and education, cultural resources, Native American concerns, fuels management and invasive non-native weed species.

*Maps of the Sutey parcel and the Haines parcel can be found by navigating to the "Maps" section on the menu at left.

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