Saturday, February 8, 2014

Listening Sessions Summary Report for Colorado National Monument Available - Additional Meetings Planned for March

Colorado National Monument released a report yesterday that summarizes information gathered at public workshops conducted last summer regarding use of the national park site. CDR Associates, a respected Colorado mediation group, facilitated the sessions in Fruita, Grand Junction and Glade Park in July and August 2013. CDR produced the report for the National Park Service (NPS).

The workshops were designed to encourage community dialogue about what commercial and visitor activities are most desired and appropriate in the monument and what laws and regulations exist to guide those uses. These discussions were part of an overarching planning process. Approximately 120 people attended the three workshops. Some of the recommendations received from the public have already been implemented, such as streamlining the special use permit process and scheduling more public workshop meetings.

Additional meeting dates are planned for March. Please join the NPS for one or more of these meetings scheduled between 6 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday March 11 at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, 159 Main Street; on Wednesday March 12 at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson Street; and on Thursday March 13 at the Glade Park Community Building at 101 16.5 Road, (in the vicinity of the Glade Park Store).

You can access the CDR Associates summary on the park's Community Engagement web page. A Frequently Asked Questions document about the workshops is also available on the park website.


1 comment:

Terri Chappell said...

And national park lovers will you please take a moment to add your voice to the growing chorus working to make this beautiful place a national park? Colorado National Monument deserves the title of National Park. Please sign our petition and share with your family and friends and help create some great news for Colorado.