Friday, July 17, 2015

DENVER — Friday, July 17, 2015 — Gov. Hickenlooper and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Director Neil Kornze and federal, state, tribal and local leaders will celebrate the designation of Browns Canyon National Monument tomorrow.

WHO: Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Bureau of Land Management National Director Neil Kornze, former U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, U.S. Representative Diana DeGette, Southern Utes Tribal Elder Austin Box, U.S. Forest Service Chief Director Tom Tidwell, U.S. Representative Diana DeGette, local leaders

WHAT: Celebration of the designation of Browns Canyon National Monument

WHEN: Saturday, July 18 at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Buena Vista River Park, Buena Vista

Browns Canyon National Monument, located in Chaffee County, CO between the towns of Buena Vista and Salida, spans approximately 21,500 acres of rugged cliffs, colorful rock outcroppings and stunning mountain vistas. Browns Canyon tells the story of the area's native peoples as well as the history of recent settlers and mining communities. The monument protects one of the nation's most popular destinations for whitewater rafting, with the Arkansas River and adjacent uplands supporting world-class recreation opportunities and a strong outdoor economy.

The designation of the monument allows existing uses of the historic Browns Canyon area to continue under joint USFS and BLM management, including hunting, fishing and grazing, and does not alter or affect the valid water rights or management of the Arkansas River flows. The state of Colorado preserves existing agreements for recreational uses and access and serves as a vital management partner for this special area and the successful Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife will continue.

The new monument was officially designated on February 19, 2015, and is jointly managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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