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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Buffalo Field Office
 
Release Date: 02/12/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins, BLM, 307-261-7603    
  or Mark Booth, FS, 307-684-7806    

BLM and Forest Service
Seek Input on Proposed Mosier Gulch Trail Extension


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Buffalo Field Office (BFO) and the USDA Forest Service (USFS) Powder River Ranger District are asking the public to provide comments and concerns regarding a proposed trail extension that will connect the City of Buffalo’s Clear Creek Trail system with the existing Brush Creek trail system on the Bighorn National Forest. As part of this project, supporting environmental documentation will be prepared.

The Buffalo Trails Board proposes to build a trail extension commencing on and crossing approximately 0.6 mile of City of Buffalo land at the west end of Mosier Gulch, then traversing 0.3 mile of BLM-administered surface and finally crossing approximately 3 miles of USFS-administered public lands before connecting with the existing Brush Creek Trail System of the Bighorn National Forest. The trail will be designated for non-motorized recreational use including mountain biking.

An integral component of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process is public involvement. The scoping period is a starting point through which the public can identify issues to be addressed. Issues already identified include damage to vegetation and wildlife habitat, maintenance, non-motorized recreational use, adjacent land use, and potential site-specific and cumulative impacts on cultural resources, soils, and water quality. This request for public input is the first opportunity for local interests and residents to participate and share their insights and comments. Following the public scoping period, each agency will issue a final decision on the proposed action.

Written comments should be submitted by March 16, 2010 and addressed to: Mosier Gulch Trail Extension Proposal; Attention: Allison Barnes, Project Team Leader; 1425 Fort Street Buffalo, WY 82834. Comments or questions may also be sent by facsimile to the attention: Allison Barnes at 307-684-1122; or sent electronically to:  buffalo_wymail@blm.gov.



The BLM manages more land - 256 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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Buffalo Field Office   1425 Fort Street      Buffalo, WY 82834  

Last updated: 02-12-2010