March 14, 2008
On Thursday, March 13, the Bureau of Land Management brushed aside the thoughtful compromise proposal for the Roan Plateau that was made by Governor Ritter in December. CWF immediately criticized the BLM for failing to work with the State during the last three months to craft a workable plan that would protect sensitive wildlife habitat on the rim. The Colorado Division of Wildlife had recommended that approximately 36,000 acres be protected as "areas of critical environmental concern." The BLM's plan would protect only 21,000 acres. Governor Ritter asked that the 36,0000 acres be protected. The BLM has refused to do so.