Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area

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Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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Aerial View of Ute Park, GGNCA
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Location Delta County / Montrose County, [1] Colorado, USA
Nearest city Montrose, Colorado
Coordinates 38°37′19″N107°53′20″W / 38.622°N 107.889°W / 38.622; -107.889 [2] Coordinates: 38°37′19″N107°53′20″W / 38.622°N 107.889°W / 38.622; -107.889 [3]
Area62,844 acres (254.32 km2)
Established1999
Governing body Bureau of Land Management
www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/ggnca.html

The Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area is a 62,844-acre (254.32 km2) National Conservation Area located in west-central Colorado near Montrose. It is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as part of the National Landscape Conservation System. 57,725 acres (233.60 km2) were designated in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-76). The Black Canyon of the Gunnison Boundary Revision Act of 2003 (PL 108-78) expanded the NCA to its current size.

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References

  1. Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area Archived 2012-02-01 at the Wayback Machine Bureau of Land Management
  2. "Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (Blm)". protectedplanet.net. Archived from the original on 2011-11-26. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  3. "Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (Blm)". protectedplanet.net. Archived from the original on 2011-11-26. Retrieved 2011-12-29.

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