Northwest Colorado Fire Update
Sporadic rain showers and overcast conditions continue to aid in putting out fires in Northwest Colorado. The 450-acre Elk Springs fire is 90% contained and the 430-acre Ladore fire on Dinosaur National Monument is under full suppression strategy. Click here to view the entire news release.
February 2015 Oil & Gas Lease Sale Information
Two week public scoping period of nominated lease parcels including preliminary recommendations and stipulations will begin May 16 - May 30, 2014 . Stipulation summaries, GIS shapefiles, and maps are also provided. This allows the public an opportunity to provide comments, which are then analyzed and incorporated into the environmental analysis as appropriate. .
Please visit the February 2015 Lease Sale Information Page for more information about the sale.
Public Comment Opportunities: The most effective comments refer to a specific parcel and its associated resources. For specific dates check the BLM Colorado Public Involvement calendar
- Comment on Nominated Parcels: May 16 - May 30, 2014
- Comment on draft EA and Finding of no Significant Impact: August 5 - September 5, 2014
- Protest Period: November 14 - December 15, 2014
Please send your comments to:
BLM Little Snake Field Office
Attn: Draft Oil & Gas EA
455 Emerson Street
Craig CO 81625
Please put"Oil & Gas Lease Sale" in the subject line
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment be advised 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 from public view your personal information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
BLM to Evaluate Numbers of Guiding and Outfitting Permits in the Little Snake Field Office
The Bureau of Land Management's Little Snake Field Office has announced it will not be issuing new special recreation permits for big game or mountain lion guiding and outfitting until it completes a study evaluating the capacity for such permits. Click here to view the entire news release.
BLM Reminds Shed-Antler Hunters to Keep Vehicles on Roads
The Bureau of Land Management is reminding people planning to collect shed antlers in northern Colorado this spring that it is illegal to travel off existing roads in a motor vehicle on BLM public lands in this area.
BLM Rangers will be patrolling popular shed hunting areas this spring in the Little Snake Field Office in northwestern Colorado to ensure compliance with existing travel management rules. Click here to view the entire news release.
BLM Acquires Parcel at the Entrance of Cross Mountain Canyon
The entrance to Cross Mountain Canyon and 2.5 miles of the Yampa River immediately upstream have been permanently conserved for the benefit of fish, wildlife and the public. The project is a component of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative. It is a joint effort by Western Rivers Conservancy, Yampa Valley Legacy Project and the BLM. The parcel also opens new access to tens of thousands of acres of sourrounding public land, including BLM's vast Cross Mountain Wilderness Study Area.
This newly acquired parcel is not open to the public at this time. A management plan and cleanup work are currently underway. Once this has been completed the land will be open for the public to enjoy.
Non-WSA Lands with Wilderness Characteristics
As part of BLM’s requirement to maintain an updated inventory of lands with wilderness characteristics, in the winter of 2012 the Little Snake Field Office (LSFO) began the process of identifying and inventorying potential lands with wilderness characteristics within its administrative boundaries. Through the initial step in the process of conducting a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis to identify 5,000 acre roadless blocks of land, a total of 61 parcels potentially containing wilderness character have been initially identified. Click here for more information.
Motorized Travel Limited to Existing Roads and Trails in Little Snake
Some areas within the field office are closed to all motorized travel, including all Wilderness Study Areas; the Serviceberry, Fly Creek, and Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Management Areas; the Maybell Uranium Pit; and the Irish Canyon Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
To continue to provide the opportunity for off-road recreation, the field office specifically manages nearly 20,000 acres in the South Sand Wash Basin as an area open to off-road motorized use.
Bureau of Land Management in Northwest Colorado...
The Little Snake Field Office encompasses 4.2 million acres of federal, state and private lands in Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco counties. Of the total area, 1.3 million acres are public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and 1.1 million acres of the private and state lands are underlain by federally owned minerals. Resource activities include: wildlife, cultural resources, grazing, energy & minerals, rights-of-ways, paleontological resources and recreation. For more information, click here or on "Programs" from the menu.
Wendy Reynolds, Field Manager
Phone: 970-826-5000 | Fax: 970-826-5002 | Office Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm M-F