Secretary Jewell, Governor Hickenlooper, Colorado Congressional Delegation Announce Landmark Settlement for Colorado’s Roan Plateau that Balances Conservation, Oil & Gas Development

Colorado, Colo.&ndash Secretary from the Interior Sally Jewell today became a member of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and U.S. Michael Bennet to announce a&nbsplandmark settlement agreement&nbspthat can help safeguard the Roan Plateau near Rifle, Colorado, whilst encouraging gas development.&nbsp The settlement helps safeguard wildlife and supports possibilities for outside entertainment and development, which play a huge role in Colorado&rsquos economy.

Local county commissioners and reps from the conservation and towns were and in attendance for today&rsquos announcement.


The settlement agreement, arrived at with conservation groups and gas and oil leaseholders, cancels 17 from the 19 rents released around the plateau in 2008 and refunds roughly $47.six million in bonus bids and annual rental obligations towards the Bill Barrett Corporation. The rest of the two rents on the top from the plateau and 12 rents situated at the bottom of the plateau will stay in position.


&ldquoThis is excellent news for that Condition of Colorado but for the neighborhood that has labored difficult to strike an account balance between safeguarding open space and development,&rdquo stated&nbspSecretary Jewell. &ldquoThe Roan Plateau is definitely an remarkable place, which money is one for which can be achieved whenever we all arrived at the table and try to find solutions.&rdquo


&ldquoWe are thrilled to determine resolution with this decade-lengthy debate more than one of Colorado&rsquos most special places,&quot stated&nbspGov. John Hickenlooper. &ldquoThis settlement will safeguard the precious seafood and wildlife assets atop the Roan Plateau, while clearing the way in which for orderly development to occur elsewhere within the planning area.&nbsp We applaud the parties for putting aside their variations and planning an effective path forward.&nbsp It truly is the Colorado way.&rdquo


&ldquoColoradans understand we have a unique responsibility to safeguard places such as the Roan Plateau for present day recreationists, outdoorsmen and predators and future decades. I’m proud the U.S. Department from the Interior listened to my call &mdash which of the growing bipartisan coalition &mdash to aid an finish towards the longtime dispute over the way forward for the Roan Plateau,&rdquo stated&nbspU.S. Senator Mark Udall. &ldquoThis collaborative money is a Colorado-based solution. I’ve fought against for any balanced means to fix the Roan Plateau since time within the U.S. House of Reps, which agreement underscores how Coloradans really are rugged collaborators.&rdquo


&ldquoOur local towns and also the leaseholders have exercised this compromise. They have decided to it since it balances a number of needs and interests by permitting for many development whilst creating crucial environment and wildlife safeguards,&rdquo statedU.S. Senator Michael Bennet. &ldquoSecretary Jewell has recognized the value of this in your area-brought agreement, and we are grateful she’s signed off around the settlement.&rdquo


&ldquoThis agreement is the effect of a diverse number of stakeholders joining together to locate a means to fix the lengthy-running dispute which has avoided responsible wind turbine motionless forward around the Roan Plateau,&rdquo stated Congressman Scott Tipton. &ldquoWe labored to make sure that protections have established yourself to carry local towns harmless for just about any royalties that might need to be compensated back. Consequently, influenced towns including Garfield and Mesa Areas voiced their support and assisted push the agreement over the finish line.&rdquo

The Roan Plateau is one among Colorado&rsquos most ecologically diverse landscapes. It’s a popular place to go for hunting, fishing, and back country entertainment. The dramatic topography from the plateau hosts a range of game and sensitive species.&nbsp The landscape is renowned for its spectacular coves, waterfalls, and box canyons.

&ldquoAfter years of discord and disagreement, this settlement signifies a way forward for anyone of Colorado, for that gas and oil industry, as well as for individuals that aim to safeguard critical wildlife habitat,&rdquo stated&nbspBLM Director Neil Kornze. &ldquoA broad coalition of local, condition, industry and conservation leaders joined together to make this a reality.&quot


In August 2008, BLM Colorado located a lease purchase that incorporated parcels situated around the Roan Plateau with different Record of Decision which was later challenged in U.S. District Court. In The month of january 2013, the BLM introduced it might make a Supplemental Environment Impact Statement (SEIS) for that Roan Plateau to deal with deficient environment analysis within the 2008 decision.&nbsp Included in this settlement agreement, the BLM has decided to think about a &ldquoSettlement Alternative&rdquo towards the ongoing SEIS that will result in the lands taught in canceled rents closed to new leasing and keep open for exploration and development the lands taught in maintained rents.


&ldquoWe are grateful for that efforts from the BLM and also the support in our chosen authorities and our host community to determine this agreement recognized,&rdquo stated&nbspScot Woodall, Boss of Bill Barrett Corporation. &nbsp&ldquoThe settlement finishes a lengthy duration of uncertainty which has limited our ability to purchase development and also to bring the Roan&rsquos gas to promote.&nbsp We anticipate dealing with BLM because they complete case study essential to start drilling.&rdquo


&ldquoConservationists, predators, fishermen and wildlife advocates welcome this settlement and also the chance it offers to save a place wealthy in wildlife and unequalled scenic vistas,&quot stated&nbspPete Maysmith, Executive Director, Conservation Colorado. &ldquoThe Roan Plateau’s lush valleys and pristine rivers are essential to herds of mule deer, elk and genetically pure Colorado River vicious trout, considerably improving the regions outside leisure economy. This settlement allows us to make it happen of protecting important natural areas such as the Roan Plateau in Colorado while gas and oil development continues in Colorado and over the West.&rdquo


The settlement agreement was authorized by the U.S. Department of Justice and could be located on the BLM website at:world wide web.blm.gov/co.

BLM Employees Recognized for Outstanding Public Engagement Efforts

BLM Stretches Public Comment Period for Photo voltaic/Wind Competitive Leasing Suggested Rule and Announces Web seminar

WASHINGTON, D.C. &ndash The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended the comment period for that suggested rule that will promote using &quotdesignated leasing areas&quot which include the Bureau of Land Management&rsquos Solar Power Zones. The suggested rule would establish competitive processes, terms, and types of conditions (including rental and connecting needs) for photo voltaic and wind energy development right-of-ways both inside and outdoors the designated leasing areas, and provides incentives for rents in designated leasing areas.&nbspThe suggested rule includes some minor provisions regarding electric transmission and pipeline privileges-of-way.
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The suggested rule was released on September 30, 2014 (http://world wide web.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2014/september/nr_09_25_2014.html) having a 60-day comment period closing on&nbspDecember 1, 2014.&nbsp The BLM is stretching the comment period for 15 days past the finish from the initial comment period. Consequently of the extension, the comment period will close on&nbspDecember 16, 2014.
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The BLM will host a web seminar for your customers on&nbspWednesday, December 3, from&nbsp1:00 to two:30 p.m.&nbspEST to go over the competitive leasing suggested rule and answer any queries. The dial-in number for that web seminar is: 1-888-324-4391 Passcode&nbsp7595414. The address for that web seminar is:&nbsphttp://anl.adobeconnect.com/blmleasing/.&nbspFor more details concerning the web seminar, please contact Jayme Lopez on the phone at&nbsp202-912-7547, or by email at&nbspj06lopez@blm.gov.

Smoky Mountains Fall Recap

Did you visit the Smokies this past October? Great Smoky Mountains National Park is reporting the highest visitation in 27 years for the month of October.

1,261,104 people came to the park during what turned out to be a very eventful month. Fall foliage always draws a huge crowd in October. In fact, it’s typically the second or third busiest month of the year in the Smokies.

Coloration in the leaves was a little later than usual this year, record rainfalls were recorded at the start of the month and a vicious snowstorm hit the mountains on Halloween night. Despite all this, over a million people still came and enjoyed the scenic beauty of the Smokies.

The folks here in Pigeon Forge would like to thank everyone who visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding area during October! We hope you’ll come back soon!

Second Demand Nominations for Wild Equine and Burro Advisory Board

A Family Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge

Thanksgiving is a family favorite in our household. We love the aromas that come from cooking up the big feast, gathering together with family and friends to celebrate, and then sitting around pondering all that we have to be “thankful” for. Each year brings its own new memories. If you are looking for a getaway for your family this year, Pigeon Forge can help with all the details….the food, family, and memories.

With so many options for lodging from hotels to cabins and chalets, to condos, and even to campgrounds, gathering your family together in one spot is easier than you think. Many of the area cabins/chalets and condos will accommodate several families under one roof and have a kitchen where you could cook up your big feast. Mainstay Suites is a great hotel option for family gatherings. It is a short distance off the Parkway and located on a 25 acre farm. There is lots of space here for families to enjoy.

If you would prefer to not spend hours in the kitchen, many area restaurants will be offering up a feast. Old Mill and The Old Mill Pottery House Cafe and Grille will be serving up a traditional family style Thanksgiving Feast. Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que will be hosting their 18th annual All You Can Eat turkey buffet dinner. Calhoun’s is offering a Holiday Pack To Go that you could buy and take anywhere you like to eat. Food options are plentiful!!

The memories that you will make and share will be priceless. So many things to do and places to see in Pigeon Forge and no memory is too small or great to share. You can go for a leisurely walk by the Little Pigeon River to work off the extra calories from your Thanksgiving feast or gather together to see a movie at the Forge Cinemas. There is laughter to be shared at shows like Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud and Comedy Barn. If adventure is more your style, then take a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or ride the hill at the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster.

Food, Family, and Memories…..make this Thanksgiving one to remember in Pigeon Forge!!

Veteran Samuel Wear

Pigeon Forge is a city that has prided itself on patriotism for many years and has made an effort to always honor our nation’s veterans. This past Tuesday we celebrated Veterans Day with our Salute to Veterans Parade. One of the most well-known Pigeon Forge veterans is Samuel Wear.

Wear was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and several other conflicts. He served alongside John Sevier as one of the Overmountain Men in the famous Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780.

He was the first county clerk of Sevier County, beginning in 1786- when Sevier County was part of the State of Franklin and continuing through 1796 when Tennessee officially became a state.

Fort Wear built by Wear in 1782, offered protection for settlers in the area that would later become Pigeon Forge. A historical marker for this fort can be found behind the Pigeon Forge community center. A monument dedicated to Wear and his service, placed by his descendants is located behind the Pigeon Forge public library.

Wears Valley (located just outside Pigeon Forge) is also supposedly named after Wear.

Wear died in 1817 and is buried in the large cemetery near Henderson Chapel Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge.

Driving Directions to Fort Wear Historical Marker: Traveling north on U.S. Highway 441, the Parkway, turn at traffic light #2B onto Community Center Drive.  Travel .1 of a mile, and turn right onto Library Drive.  Travel .2 of a mile on Library Drive behind the library and the community center, and turn right into the tennis courts’ parking area.  Fort Wear Marker is on the right. Nearby postal address: 2449 Library Drive. Coordinates: 35° 48.405′ N, 83° 35.006′ W.

First Snow of the Year for the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge

Last weekend visitors to our area saw an unusual sight for this time of year- snow…and lots of it. Snowstorms hit the Smokies on Friday night and by Saturday morning the mountains were covered.

Over 3 inches of snow accumulated in the lower elevations of the park. Road crews reported more than 10” at Newfound Gap and the summit of Mount Le Conte received 22 inches!

Elevation seemed to make all the difference, as Pigeon Forge received only a light dusting. Most all roads in the park were closed through the weekend but visitors were able to drive up on Monday and enjoy the snow.

It’s very unusual to have that much snow this early in the year in the Smoky Mountains and the surrounding area. In fact, the 22 inches accumulated at Mount Le Conte was an all-time record for November 1.

Winterfest Is Coming to Town

The holiday season is quickly approaching and Pigeon Forge is gearing up for the 25th Annual Winterfest. This year’s Winterfest is set to kick off on November 11, 2014 and will run through February 28, 2015. This big event showcases the Trolley Tour of Lights during the holiday season, Wilderness Wildlife Week in late January, and ends with Saddle Up! All of these events are sure bets for great family friendly fun.

The holiday season is a great time for a visit to Pigeon Forge. It is truly a sight to see as over five million lights adorn the city. The Trolley of Lights tour is a perfect way to get you in the holiday spirit. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and maybe even sip on some hot chocolate as you travel around to all of the great light exhibits. Our little divas are mesmerized with the lights and it is a great tradition to start with your family. All of the traditional sights of the season, like Christmas trees, bells, stars, and more, are shining brightly. You are sure to leave with a warm, fuzzy feeling and a spirit of the holidays in you.

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival will also begin on November 8, 2014 and continue through January 3, 2015. The park is covered in decorations and lights for the season, Rudolph and Santa are around, and great Christmas shows will be added to the lineup. Adults and kids alike will enjoy all that the park has to offer.

For your entertainment needs, Country Tonite, Comedy Barn, Smoky Mountain Opry, Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show, Dixie Stampede, Lumberjack Feud are all gearing up to share their magical and memorable Christmas shows. They take Christmas to another level with their dancing and singing.   You will even find a traditional holiday meal at Lumberjack Feud.

It is also a great time to visit the Incredible Christmas Place to stock up on holiday décor and gifts and maybe even stay at the Inn at Christmas Place where you can enjoy the Singing Santa and the sounds of the bells from the Glockenspiel in the lobby.

How can one not get excited with all of this holiday fun and cheer? It is just the beginning….Pigeon Forge vacation package and Winterfest are all set to welcome you to the fun!

Details About All Inclusive Seaside Resorts

All-Inclusive Beach Side Resorts

All-inclusive seaside hotel getaways make it feasible for vacationers to acquire the most out of their travel bucks. Today there are over 400 resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico alone providing all-encompassing beach resort trip package deals for budget-savvy travelers. Complete coastline hotel getaways aren’t consistently as problem-free as they could appear. If you desire to find the finest deal, it’s ideal to initial identify just what you wish and also require in your extensive coastline hotel getaway. The best benefit to scheduling an all-encompassing beach hotel vacation is having everything you need for merely one cost.

When you’re vacation, you have some quite essential factors to consider. Order the garlic shrimp, or the fettuccine alfredo? Snorkel first, or scuba dive? Rise very early to enjoy the sunlight increase over the seaside, or never mind going to bed in any way? Of all the important things you need to bother with vacationing, the one point you should not consider is your budget.

Aside from the hotels themselves, getaway packages can differ in terms of the solutions they offer. Not every person’s understanding of “all inclusive” is the exact same. Some consist of plane tickets and also hotel. Others encompass airline tickets, hotels and resort, transfers, and also some dishes. There are resort holidays that are extensive, with the exception of airfare. Some beach resorts include all alcohols, as long as they’re not premium brands, or served just before 7 pm or after twelve o’clock at night. Contrast prices and deals, and you’ll locate ways to conserve cash. Consisting of airline tickets as part of an all-inclusive package can be less expensive than booking and paying for your own trip, and will save you additional steps in preparing your journey.

If you would like to find the most effective offer, it’s ideal to very first recognize what you want as well as require in your all-encompassing coastline resort vacation. As soon as you recognize the features and features you’re expecting, you can start to arrange through all the trip deals you’ll locate. Travel agencies and the Internet are terrific means to locate lots of hotels and also bundles to compare.

All-encompassing beach resort trips make it feasible for travelers to obtain one of the most from their trip bucks. Today there are over 400 hotels in the Caribbean and Mexico alone offering all-inclusive coastline hotel holiday package deals for budget-savvy visitors. Nonetheless, all-encompassing beach hotel trips aren’t always as problem-free as they may seem. You need to thoroughly contrast available resorts prior to choosing your vacation location.

Research as well as contrast all-inclusive coastline resorts, and you’ll locate that the bundles, holiday accommodations and also resorts themselves can considerably vary. Some hotels supply packages that are designed for couples only. Others are developed for singles, for gays or lesbians, or for households. Many coastline hotels are intended for grownups simply, so be extremely cautious if you’re planning a family vacation.

To ensure, spending plans are a fact of life. However should having an investing limit necessarily imply subduing each one of your wishes, merely considering that they’re not specified in your spending plan? Certainly not. When you’re on getaway, you are worthy of to be pampered. You’ve striven all year, and also you’ve earned the right to eat, drink and also go a little insane.

Most of us never get to live the life of the rich and famous, taking luxurious vacations and also investing endless amounts on the best of everything. As an alternative, we live the life of the rich as well as famous at all-encompassing coastline resorts.

The greatest advantage to booking an extensive beach hotel getaway is having every little thing you require for just one rate. Recognizing this, you can unwind and enjoy your holidays recognizing there will not be any vicious shocks waiting at your destination. Your budget will remain in one piece, and all you’ll need to stress over is whether to have the pina colada, or the marguerita.