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April 12, 2011

<p>&nbsp;The Congressional compromise budget proposed late Friday to fund the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year (ending September 30, 2011) would not fund the wild lands policy announced by Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in December. &nbsp; In Colorado, BLM manages 8.3 million acres. &nbsp;Of this land, approximately 4.6 million acres are leased for oil and gas (fiscal year 2010). &nbsp; BLM conducts auctions quarterly for oil and gas leasing.</p> <p>In our view, a balance among multiple uses of BLM lands is essential. &nbsp;Outdoor recreation is big business in Colorado and minimizing the increased fragmentation and other adverse impacts to wildlife habitat on BLM lands is a very important aspect of maintaining balanced uses. &nbsp;Wild lands are an important element of multiple uses. &nbsp;</p>

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