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Open Public Comment Periods: For information about upcoming public meetings or open comment periods, please check out the WRFO's Land Use Planning & NEPA webpage.
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.
BLM seeks public comment on proposed trail system:
The Bureau of Land Management is now seeking public scoping comments on the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District’s (ERBM) proposal to develop a comprehensive non-motorized trail network within the 2,000 acre BLM parcel adjacent to the Town of Meeker known as the China Wall area. The BLM is considering two alternative trail systems. Under Alternative A, ERBM would develop a more extensive trail system composed of 11.8 miles of new non-motorized trails on the China Wall BLM parcel (Map 1). Under Alternative B, ERBM would develop a less extensive trail system composed of 7.1 miles of new non-motorized trails (Map 2). Under both of the alternatives, the new trails would connect with the existing 6 miles non-motorized trails and 4 miles of existing two-track or gravels roads. This would result in a total of approximately 22 miles of trail included in the final trail system in Alternative A or approximately 17 miles of trail in the final trail system in Alternative B.
Comments regarding this proposal can be mailed to Aaron Grimes, White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, CO 81641 or submitted via email to email@example.com. Comments would be most helpful if received by October 7, 2014. A public meeting will be held on September 18, 2014 from 5:30-7:00pm at the White River Field Office. At this point in the process, we are especially interested in public input regarding issues, impacts, and potential alternatives that should be addressed in the environmental assessment of the proposed trail system.