Make your voice heard on wild and scenic rivers


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


The Forest Plan Revision for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) national forests has reached another milestone and the U.S. Forest Service needs public input for the next step.
The public can express opinions on which streams and rivers should be considered eligible for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Systems. Eligibility for designation is one step in a three-part process.
As with wilderness areas, only Congress can designate a water body as a Wild and Scenic River, and the forest plan can help get a designation.
The public has 31 days to put comments forward, starting Feb. 19 and ending March 22. The draft Wild and Scenic River Eligibility Report can be reviewed at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gmug/forestplan.
For an in-depth review, the GMUG planning team will host two live webinars to go over the report and answer questions, scheduled for Feb. 19 at 3:30 p.m. and Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. Taped webinars will be available on the GMUG website following the scheduled dates.
To submit a comment on river designation, send an email to gmugforestplan@fs.fed.us, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gmug/forestplan_comments or mail your opinions to Grand Mesa, Uncompaghre, & Gunnison National Forests at 2250 S. Main St., Delta CO 81416.