The Browns Canyon National Monument was designated for federal protection in 2015 and encompasses more than 21,000 acres of scenic and diverse natural resources along the upper Arkansas River in Colorado. It was the culmination of decades of advocacy from local residents to protect the pristine lands. However, federal designation was only the first step in protecting these pristine lands. In 2019, Keystone Policy Center and a coalition of over 20 local citizens representing numerous organizations with diverse interests and experience, conducted a series of meetings to discuss a shared set of recommendations for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for resource management plan for the monument. The effort became a shining example of how collaborative action at the local level and between communities and federal agencies can give citizens a strong voice in shaping federal policy.
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