Developers Failed to Consult Ute Tribe over Land Use

July 18, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On July 18, 2001, The Denver Post reported that "the Bureau of Land Management is closing a popular motocross area near the town of Wolcott [CO] after the agency belatedly discovered the track was on top of a significant Ute archaeological site... As a result, BLM planners have had to return a $ 20,000 state trails grant that a motorcycle group, the Eagle Valley Sportsriders, was counting on to improve and expand the racetrack, which had never been formally approved by the agency... Howard Richards, director of the Southern Utes' Department of Natural Resources, said the tribe doesn't like to interfere with development but said the BLM failed to consult with the tribe, as required by law."