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COLORADO - BLM & USFS Release Draft Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse EIS

COLORADO - BLM & USFS Release Draft Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse EIS

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management and Routt National Forest released the Draft Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a 90-day public comment period.
 
The draft considers four possible management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for Greater Sage-Grouse on BLM and Routt National Forest lands in northwestern Colorado. The alternatives apply to federal lands and minerals only, not to private lands.
 
The preferred alternative reflects local adjustments to national management recommendations based on input from cooperating government agencies and the public.

More than 1.7 million acres of Colorado's Greater Sage-Grouse habitat are on BLM lands in the Northwest District.  That's almost half of the entire Greater Sage-Grouse habitat in Colorado. Habitat fragmentation poses the primary threat to sage grouse.
 
You may submit comments related to the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS by any of the following methods:

 Web site: https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/lup/lup_register.do
 email:  blm_co_nw_sage_grouse@blm.gov 
 fax:  970-244-3083
 mail:  BLM - Greater Sage Grouse EIS, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO, 81506

Comments need to be received by November 14, 2013.
 
Copies of the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS are available at the Northwest Colorado District Office at the above address or on the website at:  http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/wildlife/sage-grouse.html.
 
The BLM and U.S. Forest Service will issue separate Records of Decision by Sept. 30, 2014.
 
The Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse EIS is one of 15 separate EISs that are being conducted as part of BLM's west-wide National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Effort, to provide additional measures to maintain and increase Greater Sage-grouse habitat on public lands to preclude the need for listing by improving habitat.
 
Public meetings will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in October at the following locations:

  •  Oct. 15 in Craig, at the Memorial Hospital at Craig, 750 Hospital Loop
  •  Oct. 17 in Silt, at the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road
  •  Oct. 22 in Walden, at the Wattenburg Community Center, 682 County Road 42
  •  Oct. 24 in Lakewood, at the Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St.

 
More information about the public meetings will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment-including your personal identifying information-may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

 

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