Rio Blanco County Land & Natural Resources Plan & Policies (LUP)

Make Your Voice Heard

Your Input is Needed and Welcome

The White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts (Districts) are made up of locally elected landowners who provide leadership in the wise use of the natural resources within the Districts' boundaries. Conservation districts in Colorado are defined as "local governments" thus have the ability to participate in government-to-government interactions with the federal agencies.

The Districts joined with Rio Blanco County (County) to develop a Land & Natural Resource Use Plan and Policy (LUP) to translate their statutory mandate (Colo.Rev. Stat. section 35-70-108) into land management policy and direction guided by local landowners. One of the Districts' responsibilities is: "To prepare a plan for the care, treatment, and operation of the lands within the district." Colo. Rev. Stat. Section 35-70-108(1)(K).

This LUP identifies the Districts' and County's policies to facilitate, protect, and preserve the utilization and conservation of natural resources on public lands. These policies support access to and wise use of natural resources on federal land; protect private property rights; protect and enhance the customs, cultures, and the economy; protect the tax base; assure the well-being of the people; and provide for the public health, safety, and welfare of the County citizens. 

As local governments, the Districts and County can have cooperating and coordinating agency status with the federal agencies.  The LUP policies are used through these government-to-government interactions to provide input and guide the federal land management agencies during their planning processes.  The LUP policies are also used by the Districts and County to provide written and verbal comments at various agency meetings, state, and federal legislative hearings, etc.

UPDATE: The LUP is currently being updated.  The Districts and County are seeking Rio Blanco County citizens input on the updates.  Please review the LUP updates and provide your input by June 15, 2022.

  • Review the full LUP document by clicking the button below
    • Yellow highlighted text is proposed new language
    • Blue strikethrough text is proposed for deletion
  • How to submit your comments:
    • Click on the button below to access the spreadsheet (if there is any trouble with accessing the document online, request one from the Conservation District office
    • Download the spreadsheet – (Click on File, Download)
    • Save the file to your computer
    • Fill in the spreadsheet with the page number, section, and your comments
    • Email the completed spreadsheet to or drop it off at the District office at 351 7th Street, Meeker, Colorado