SATURDAY, December 6, 2014, senior officials from the Obama Administration will join U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and senior state officials to hear from the public about what they want for the future of Browns Canyon and whether it merits designation as a national monument as the senators have proposed. Attendees will include U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director Steve Ellis. Members of the public are invited to attend and publically state their opinion. The public comment session’s format will depend on the number of attendees.
The meeting follows a letter Udall and Bennet sent last week urging the president to visit Chaffee County and start a public and transparent process to explore how best to protect Browns Canyon for future generations. The letter cited the long history of bipartisan support for protecting Browns Canyon, including the Colorado congressional delegation’s bipartisan work nearly a decade ago. Udall recently led a more than 18-month public outreach process to develop the most recent proposal to protect Browns Canyon as a national monument.
A broad coalition of community leaders, Colorado businesses, sportsmen and conservationists supports protecting Browns Canyon as a national monument based on Udall’s community-based bill, S.1794, which preserves this remarkable landscape while continuing current access and use of the area.
This event will take place Saturday, December 6:
|1 p.m. to 3 p.m. MT||Udall will host a public meeting for Coloradans to share their opinion on the future of Browns Canyon. Where: The SteamPlant Theater, 220 W. Sackett Ave. in Salida|
Please contact Mike Saccone at 202-224-4334.