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LA JARA, Colo. (AP) – The Bureau of Land Management will soon analyze the potential environmental impacts of a proposal to expand the Blanca Wetlands area of critical environmental concern.

A place that’s designated as an area of critical environmental concern gets special management protection to prevent irreparable damage to unique, rare or sensitive resources.

The Blanca Wetlands area in southern Colorado got the designation, partly for its playa and marsh habitats containing large populations of water birds, amphibians, macroinvertebrates and 13 threatened, endangered or sensitive species.

The BLM plans to hear from the public Wednesday in Alamosa as it seeks input to guide an environmental analysis of potentially enlarging the Blanca Wetlands area of critical environmental concern.

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