BLM approves controversial Colorado management plan

The BLM has approved what it calls a “balanced” land use plan for southwest Colorado that critics say unnecessarily emphasizes energy development over conservation. BLM’s record of decision approves the new Uncompahgre resource management plan according to a notice in today’s Federal Register. The updated plan has drawn criticism, especially from those opposed to opening tens of thousands of acres in the agriculturally rich North Fork Valley region to oil and gas leasing.