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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 04/02/14
Contacts: Christopher B Joyner, BLM Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 210-2126    

BLM seeks public feedback regarding proposed fuel reduction project


MEEKER, Colo. – Fire management officials with the Bureau of Land Management are now seeking public feedback on a proposed fuel reduction project in Rio Blanco and Garfield counties. 
 
Public scoping begins today and the BLM will accept feedback for 15 days regarding this proposed project.  During scoping, the BLM is looking for feedback from the public regarding issues, impacts and potential alternatives that should be addressed in the Environmental Assessment.  This is the first opportunity for the public to be involved in this EA, and the BLM plans for the preliminary EA to be available for public review and comment later this spring.
 
Specific information regarding the project is available online and at the White River Field Office, 220 East Market Street, Meeker, CO 81641.  The plan is available online at:http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/wrfo.html
 
The natural event of fire often improves wildlife habitat and reduces fuel loads.  Vegetative fuel loads pose a safety risk to life and property when unplanned fires occur.   Fire management officials with the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit may use prescribed fire and mechanical equipment for this project.  Some disturbed areas may be seeded when deemed necessary. 
 
Public comments regarding this proposal will be most helpful to the BLM if received by April 16th.  Written comments will be accepted and can be mailed or emailed.  To submit a mail comment please address it to the White River Field Office, C/O Kyle Frary, 220 East Market Street, Meeker, CO 81641.  To submit a comment via email, please address it tokfrary@blm.gov.
 
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or any other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time.  While individuals may request BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.
 
For more information, contact Kyle Frary, Acting Fire Management Specialist, at 970-878-3862.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 04-02-2014