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Northwest Colorado Wildland Fire Update
This past weekend's lightning bust resulted in 34 wildfires in Northwest Colorado. All of the fires are now contained. There is a Red Flag Warning beginning at noon today.
Haze in the atmosphere appears to be drift smoke from the numerous large wildland fires occurring in states west and north of Colorado. Smoke from several of the fires burning is visible from space.
BLM to Temporarily Close Trailhead West of Steamboat Springs for Improvements
The BLM will close Emerald Mountain Trailhead on Cow Creek Road (RCR 45) for about four weeks beginning August 19 to perform trail improvements. To access this trail system until this project is finished, please use the first gate on Cow Creek Road off of RCR 33.
For more information on the current improvements and the closure, please contact Gina Robison at (970) 826-5083. Click here to view the entire news release.
May 12, 2016 Oil & Gas Lease Sale Information
The 30-day public scoping period of nominated lease parcels including preliminary recommendations and stipulations will be open from August 10 - September 9, 2015 . This allows the public an opportunity to provide comments, which are then analyzed and incorporated into the environmental analysis as appropriate.
Please visit the May 2016 Lease Sale Information Page for more information about the sale.
Please send your comments to:
BLM White River Field Office
Attn: Oil & Gas Lease Sale
220 East Market Street
Meeker CO 81641
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.
Colowyo Coal Mine Federal Mining Plan Modification Environmental Assessment
The modification for the Colowyo Coal Mine, South Taylor/Lower Wilson Permit Expansion Area Federal Mining Plan is now available.
Printed copies are available for you to view at:
- BLM Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson Street, Craig
- Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W Victory Way, Suite 130, Craig
- Moffat County Library, 570 Green Street, Craig
- Moffat County Tourism Association, 1111 W Victory Way, Craig
- BLM White River Field Office, 220 East Market Street, Meeker
- Rio Blanco County Courhouse, 555 Main Street, Meeker
- Meeker Public Library, 490 Main Street, Meeker
You can also visit the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement website at http://www.wrcc.osmre.gov/initiatives/colowyoMineSouthTaylor/documentLibrary.shtm
The public comment period is open from 07/27/15 - 08/14/15.
Initial Public Commenting Phase Underway for Travel Management Unit 1
The Little Snake Field Office has entered the public commenting phase for our first travel management unit. This unit includes parts of Hiawatha, Vermillion Basin, Sand Wash and Little Bears Ears areas (areas 2, 7 & 9). Please click here to view the Unit 1 information.
Final Environmental Impact Statement for TransWest Express Transmission Project Available for Public Review
The Bureau of Land Management and Western Area Power Administration today announced the availability of the final environmental review for a 730-mile transmission line project that would deliver up to 3,000 megawatts of electric power to major load centers, including Las Vegas, Nevada and San Diego, California by tapping in to abundant wind energy resources in southern Wyoming. Click here to view the entire news release .
A Cherished Reach of the Upper Yampa River Forever Conserved and Open to the Public
Western Rivers Conservancy, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service completed conservation of a historic property at the confluence of the Yampa river and Sarvis Creek today.
The project conserves outstanding fish and wildlife habitat and opens new public access to a prime stretch of trophy trout water and elk hunting grounds only 13 miles from Steamboat Springs.
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.
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