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BLM Reminds Visitors to Use Caution; Many Roads Impassable Due to Rain
The Bureau of Land Management is urging the public to use caution as recent rains have left many roads across BLM impassble, and the danger of local flash-flooding remains.
Several visitors have reported being temporarily stranded due to flash-flooding. Driving on saturated roads may also cause significant road damage and increased erosion. Click here to view the entire news release.
BLM Seeks Public Comment on Temporary Land Closure
The Bureau of Land Management is now seeking public comment on a proposal to temporarily close access to public lands 15 miles north of Meeker for safety reasons. The proposed 24-month closure would prohibit public access to 1,850 acres of public land near the Colowyo Mine in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. The area of the proposed closure does not include all lands associated with the Colowyo Mine and only extends to a distance necessary to provide safety to visitors and mine employees. The public would still have access to other public lands in the area. An overview of the proposed closure as well as maps of the area can be found in the scoping letter. Comments regarding this proposal can be mailed to Heather Sauls, White River Field Office, 220 E Market St, Meeker, CO 81641 or submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments would be most helpful if received by September 26, 2014.
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 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.
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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