A new management plan for issuing oil and gas leases in the White River National Forest for the next two decades, including the removal of about 61,000 acres in the Thompson Divide area from new leasing, became final Thursday.

“We are delighted to be able to conclude this process, which has been a long one and at times controversial,” White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams said.

“I think we came to the right decision and one that reflects the values we heard from the public during the input process,” he said.

The 20-year leasing plan was released in late 2014 but subject to a formal objection period that concluded earlier this year.

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