The Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office is starting a public scoping period for a new fire and fuels management plan environmental assessment. The scoping period runs from July 10 through August 10, 2014.
The proposed action can be found here.
Federal fire policy has recently changed to provide managers a more flexible approach and a broader view of fire management. The new fire and fuels management plan updates the current fire management plan and would allow managers to assess the area and ecological conditions, and consider where fire effects can be beneficial over the landscape.
The proposed plan provides guidance to facilitate the management of wildland fires, fuels, prescribed fire, and vegetation treatment projects not only for firefighter and public safety, but also to protect key ecological and human values, property, and to manage costs to the local unit. The proposed action is to improve ecological conditions to foster more resilient and productive landscapes by improving or maintaining vegetation conditions when appropriate for the site and situation, while still protecting resource values at risk.
For additional information, or to provide a comment, please contact Glenda Torres at 719-269-8582 or Ty Webb at 719-269-8560 or BLM_CO_RG_Comments@blm.gov.
Scoping is the first opportunity for public involvement where BLM seeks to identify what issues and concerns the public would like to see addressed in the EA. The most effective comments will be specific to the proposed action, rather than broad, unsupported statements. After scoping, a draft EA will be compiled that addresses the issues and concerns raised through the scoping process. The public will have the opportunity to comment on the draft EA. Comments from the draft EA will be incorporated into the final EA, which will also have a 30 day public comment period.