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Release Date: 05/17/13
Contacts: Shannon Borders, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 240-5399    

BLM Evaluating Five Parcels in Southwest Colorado for Feb. 2014 Lease Sale (05-17-13)

DOLORES, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management announced a two-week scoping period on a proposal to offer five parcels totaling 5,443 acres in San Miguel, Dolores and Montrose counties in its Feb. 13, 2014 lease sale. This scoping period is part of an environmental assessment that will allow the public an opportunity to provide feedback on the five parcels proposed for leasing.

These parcels are identified as available to oil and gas leasing under the current resource management plan for the Tres Rios Field Office. The RMP also identifies what restrictions or stipulations are included with the leases. These stipulations are posted online at and include protections for water resources, soils, steep slopes, big game, raptors, migratory birds, cultural resources and threatened and endangered species.

“The environmental review will help us determine whether the existing stipulations provide adequate environmental protections for the resources,” said Connie Clementson, BLM Tres Rios field manager.

To help determine the specific resource protections, the public may assist the BLM staff by submitting written comments prior to completing the environmental assessment.  A map of the parcels and a description of the stipulations are available  

Written comments must be received by May 31.  Send comments to the Bureau of Land Management, Tres Rios Field Office, Attn. Tracy Perfors, 29211 Hwy. 184, Dolores, CO  81323, via email to or by fax to 970-882-6841.

Additional lease sale information can be obtained online at:

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

  29211 Hwy 184      Dolores, CO 81323  

Last updated: 05-17-2013