The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is looking for public input as it starts planning what to do with land it acquired near Carbondale last year.
The BLM traded nearly 1,500 acres of land near the base of Mount Sopris for two properties totaling 670 acres of once-private land that is close to popular recreation areas.
The BLM is now planning how it will manage Sutey Ranch, which is north of Carbondale adjacent to Red Hill, and the so-called Haines Parcel, which borders Prince Creek south of town.
There are options for recreation in both places, including connections to popular existing trails. Sutey Ranch also provides important habitat for elk and deer. The public can give feedback and input at an open house Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale.