SILT, CO – The Bureau of Land Management today conveyed 62.5 acres of BLM land to the City of Glenwood Springs to assist with its South Canyon Landfill expansion.
The land is on the northern boundary of the current landfill and is predominantly a steep slope that is not used by the public or for other purposes.
The City of Glenwood Springs applied for the conveyance under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act. This act authorizes the sale or lease of public lands for recreational or public purposes to state and local governments and to qualified nonprofit organizations. BLM released the Environmental Assessment on the proposal for public review in June 2011.
“This conveyance benefits the citizens of Glenwood Springs and Garfield County by extending the life of this landfill by 20 to 25 years,” said BLM Colorado River Valley Field Manager Steve Bennett.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.