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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
 
Release Date: 06/09/14
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

BLM Rawlins Releases Rogers Canyon Resource Protection, Public Access and Travel Management Plan; Public Meeting Scheduled


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office is releasing the environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Rogers Canyon Resource Protection, Public Access and Travel Management Plan.

The 640-acre Rogers Canyon area is located eight miles northwest of Laramie, Wyo. It is used extensively by locals and students from the University of Wyoming and WyoTech for rock climbing, hiking, biking, hunting, all-terrain vehicles and target shooting. Unfortunately, the area has been degraded with the dumping of trash and other debris, joyriding off established roads and two-tracks, the unsafe discharge of firearms and the wanton destruction of resources, including the mowing down of trees with gunfire.

The public, Rogers Canyon Coalition, BLM grazing permittee, Albany County Commissioners and Albany County Sheriff have all expressed concerns about public and livestock safety in the canyon. In response, the BLM plans to provide a preferred area for safer target shooting, construct three vehicle parking areas, deter illegal dumping with 1.15 miles of fence along the south side of County Road 17, limit off-highway vehicles to a 65-inch or less width, close eight extraneous routes with engineering, erosion or routing problems and offer more education about and enforcement of existing rules and policies.

“The BLM has developed a plan based on public input that preserves traditional recreation activities in Rogers Canyon while creating a safer, more enjoyable environment for all,” states Rawlins Field Manager Dennis Carpenter. “We are not closing any part of the canyon or prohibiting any activity - we are just finding a way to balance and respect the diverse interests of those who recreate and reside in the area.”

A public meeting is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 25 at Fire Station 3, 2374 Jefferson St., in Laramie to provide information and answer questions from the public regarding the plan, identified issues and potential impacts and mitigation.

The EA is available for review at the Rawlins Field Office, 1300 N. Third St., Rawlins, Wyo. or online at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rfo/rogers_canyon.html.

Comments are most useful when they address specific issues, concerns, ideas or mitigation opportunities. Written, substantive comments may be emailed to BLM_WY_Rogers_Canyon@blm.gov with “Plan Comment” in the subject line; faxed to 307-328-4373; or mailed or delivered to the BLM Rawlins Field Office, Attn: Amanda Jones, P.O. Box 2407, 1300 N. Third St., Rawlins WY 82301. Comments will be accepted until June 30.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 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 may ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information, please contact Amanda Jones at 307-328-4205.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the individual above during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the below individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 06-09-2014