In September 1986, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Record of Decision, based in part on BLM cultural resources surveys, announced that agency's intent to dispose of land holdings in Clear Creek County. The BLM lands within and adjacent to the Georgetown – Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District consisted of numerous small parcels between the Georgetown and Silver Plume town boundaries and the boundaries of the Arapaho National Forest.
In November of 1988, the towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume, the Colorado Historical Society and Clear Creek County submitted applications for patents for these BLM lands. The applicants formed the Historic District Public Lands Commission (HDPLC) by the intergovernmental Cooperative Management Agreement signed in January of 1989. Historic Georgetown Inc. joined the Commission because of its conservation holdings on Saxon and Leavenworth mountains. In 1990 the Colorado Division of Wildlife made application to BLM for the bighorn sheep range west of I-70 and became a Commission member.
Transfer of Ownership
The public lands applied for from BLM were transferred from federal ownership by Public Law 103-253 of May 19, 1994 entitled: Clear Creek County, Colorado Public Lands Transfer Act of 1993. Lands with the Historic District and Saxon Mountain Study Area, referred to as "Part II Lands", transferred to the HDPLC member agencies under Section 4, entitled "Land Transfer to the State of Colorado and to Clear Creek County and Towns of Silver Plume and Georgetown." The lands were delivered to the individual agencies by United States patents which are filed in the Clerk and Recorder's Office of Clear Creek County.
The HDPLC is a planning forum for the agencies, mandated by the Public Law. Authority over the lands remains with the individual agencies. As a land management agency within the Historic District the U.S. Forest Service became a voting member of the Commission in 1996.