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Jul 15, 2011 6:28 AM by Kate Richards

Pinon Canyon preservation meeting in Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - A public meeting on a request to protect Fort Carson and its Pinon Canyon training area from mineral development for 15 more years is scheduled in Pueblo next month.

About eight square miles of surface public lands and 221 square miles of subsurface federal minerals within Fort Carson and the Pinon Canyon training site are currently withdrawn from being considered for mineral leases or development. The withdrawal is set to expire Sept. 22 unless the Bureau of Land Management agrees to extend it.

The bureau says a public meeting on a request by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an extension will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Sangre De Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo.

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