The Montrose City Council assemble for their next Work Session at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and will receive an update from the Bureau of Land Management on the Draft Resource Management Plan and the Environmental Impact Statement for the relatively recently designated Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. The 218,393 acre area was designated with the support and input of citizens from the three counties it reaches into: Montrose, Mesa, and Delta. The area includes the rugged and scenically spectacular Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. Planning for the area has been underway with a series of ongoing meetings and scoping sessions since 2009. The Preferred Alternative out of the options for managing the area was selected last June.
As part of the planning process for the new Conservation Area, 10-members of the public were selected by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to serve on an Advisory Committee. The Committee has guided the planning process.
The plan allows for motorized recreation in the area but restricts 4-wheelers to designated roads and trails. The area is also protected from mining, drilling, and geothermal development. The area contains several sites of historical and archeological significance. For the most part, the area will remain open to livestock grazing.
Montrose will be one of the gateway communities into the area.