This office administers over 680,000 surface acres of public land along the Front Range and 6.8 million sub-surface acres. Since the field office spans such a large area, it covers a variety of terrain and is involved in a multitude of initiatives. For more information, click on "programs."
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Tis the Season to cut a Christmas tree on public lands (11-04-13)
BLM to host National Public Lands Day events in Royal Gorge Area (09-16-13)
BLM roads near Shelf Road Climbing Area sustain heavy damage (08-30-13)
Stage II Fire Restrictions in place on BLM lands along the Front Range (06-27-13)
BLM seeks public input on forest thinning proposal (06-26-13)
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Northeast Colorado Flooding and Oil and Gas Information
The Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO) is in contact with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), incident management teams assigned to flood relief efforts and other agencies to assess the damage to oil and gas wells, caused by the recent flooding in Northeast Colorado, and respond to public safety concerns. Relatively few federal leases in that area were impacted by the flooding.
The RGFO's Petroleum Engineering Technician has been in the field to address onsite inspections in Northeast Colorado for the past several days. The BLM will continue to coordinate on sharing data with COGCC as needed.
The RGFO is also in the process of issuing an "operator's notice" for operators on federal minerals in Northeast Colorado that will:
• Require the operator to notify the BLM immediately if they discover any releases/spills of federal minerals from their leased wells.
• Direct operators to make any needed repairs to wells that may affect public health or safety as soon as it is safe for them to do so.
• Advise operators that the BLM will be expediting processing for sundry notices to perform well operations for flood-damaged wells.
Vegetation Management (May 1, 2013): The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service are seeking public input on proposed vegetation management in Chaffee and Lake counties. The proposed management would restore, maintain and enhance vegetative conditions through various treatment methods including the use of mechanical and hand tools, and prescribed fire.
Gravel Quarry Environmental Assessment (December 20, 2012) This final environmental assessment (with the Decision) is titled "Mineral Materials Competitive Sale in Fremont County, CO" DOI-BLM-CO-200-2011-0092 EA
New Elk Coal Lease Environmental Assessment (NEPA #DOI-BLM-CO-200-2009-0018 EA) - This link goes to the Royal Gorge Field Office NEPA log. Links to the EA, maps, and Geologic Engineering and Maximum Economic Recovery Report are posted there. Look for the NEPA number provided above.