Kremmling " Lower Blue River Management plan benefits the wealthy elite
February 19, 2008
To the Editor:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW), U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Grand and Summit counties, along with private landowners, have decided that the Lower Blue River needs a management plan.
They have put together a 38-page “Lower Blue River Cooperative Management Plan” to deal with so-called “management issues.” One particular issue is “overcrowding.” Their basis for stating overcrowding as an issue stems solely from complaints of the private landowners.
These government entities have gathered almost no data to back up these claims of overcrowding. The BLM counted vehicles at the boat take-out a couple of times. I wonder how the BLM and company can justify spending the kind of time and money already spent to create a management plan just because a private landowner told them there was a problem.
Another so-called “management issue” is “illegal outfitting.” It does not take a new management plan to deal with this alleged issue when all that needs to be done is the enforcement of existing laws.
The bottom line is that our governing agencies are acting on allegations from particular landowners without ever substantiating their claims. We cannot let the agencies listed above sell the public short to benefit the wealthy elite.