Tres Rios Master Leasing Plan

Mesaverde_cliffpalace_20030914.752Southwest Colorado’s sandstone cliffs, agricultural valleys, and public land gems like Mesa Verde National Park and Phil’s World are integral to our way of life and livelihoods.

The future is undetermined for thousands of acres that stretch from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park. A new planning effort is underway to prevent conflict and provide balance between oil and gas development and other values like recreation, air and water quality, and wildlife. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is creating a Master Leasing Plan (MLP) to to develop a shared vision for local land use and resolve user conflicts on public lands. The outcome of this process will be largely determined by the community members and groups who take time to get engaged with the plan and make their voices heard.

  • The MLP can help protect agricultural land and minimize local impacts from oil and gas development.
  •  The MLP can protect trails, air quality, night skies, and cultural resources in these areas. Places like Phil’s World and Mesa Verde National Park are affected by this plan.
  • Oil and gas development can negatively affect water, air, and soil quality. This planning process can help ensure protections for our communities, wildlife, and environment.

oil gas rig south of i70 near rifleAs a conservation group, our job is to make sure citizens and local stakeholders are well-informed about the process and can take part at every opportunity.

Planning is a lengthy process, but we’ll be involved throughout to inform people of what is going on and to help them elevate their voices.

Fact SheetMountain Biker in the Snow in Tres Rios MLP area

Get the basics on the Tres Rios Master Leasing Plan.

Blog Posts

YOUR Chance to stand up for Southwest Colorado 

“If the past few months have shown us anything, it’s that southwestern Coloradans care deeply about our environment and our public lands…” Read on to see how locals are getting involved to protect the lands they love.

Southwest Colorado: Protecting Our Lands

“MLPs intend to ensure that oil and gas development will have a minimal impact on things like water quality, public health and safety, and wildlife habitat… However, the Tres Rios Field Office, based here in southwestern Colorado, released an RMP earlier this year that many in the local community found extremely problematic.” Read on to learn what is happening to improve the Tres Rios RMP.

News and Media

Where to put 3,000 new gas wells in Southwest Colorado?

By Jonathan Romero
Durango Herald – February 10, 2016

Master Lease Plan – Editorial

Durango Herald  – September 30, 2015

Map of the Tres Rios Master Leasing Plan

Tres Rios Master Leasing Plan, Map

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