Natural Resources and Public Lands

Working with Montezuma County property owners regarding wildfire safety is just one of many initiatives spearheaded by the Federal Lands Office. (Click image for larger view)

The Montezuma County Federal Lands Program was established by the Montezuma County Commission in February of 1992.


The Federal Lands Program promotes stewardship of the public lands in Montezuma County

The purpose of the Federal Lands Program is to provide meaningful involvement in the multiple-use management and stewardship of the public lands that affect the wellbeing of the citizens of Montezuma County including the San Juan National Forest, the San Juan Resource Area of BLM, Mesa Verde National Park and the US Bureau of Reclamation Dolores Project.

The policy framework that guides the Federal Lands Program is outlined in Chapter 12 of the Montezuma County Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

Issues we are involved in include:
  • BLM Tres Rios Travel Management Comment Map
  • Public Land Management as it relates to Social and Economic impacts on Montezuma County including Oil and Gas Development, Grazing, Mineral Development, Timber Resources, Recreation, and other coordination with BLM/USFS/NPS planning efforts.
  • Proposed Wilderness Areas
  • Sage Grouse Management Planning
  • The Colorado Weed Partnership
    • Please visit our Weed Program section for detailed information about the Montezuma County Weed Program
  • RS 2477 Assertions on Federal Land
  • Wildfire Mitigation
  • Watershed Protection
Current Information and Documents:
Notice: Dolores Water Conservancy District
McPhee Reservoir Aquatic Invasive Species Updates:  Access Points Closed to Address Mussel Concerns & Traffic Changes to McPhee Boat Ramp




Related Information
James Dietrich
Natural Resources Planning and Public Lands Coordinator
109 West Main Street, Room 280
Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: (970) 565-7402
FAX: (970) 565-3420

Natural Resources Planning and Public Lands Coordinator

James Dietrich
Contact Montezuma County Natural Resources Planning and Public Lands Coordinator