On May 28, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released final environmental reviews for land use plans in Colorado that will help to conserve greater sage-grouse habitat and support sustainable economic development. The land management plans, developed during the past three years in partnership with the state and with input from local partners, will benefit wildlife, outdoor recreation, ranching and other traditional land uses that rely on a healthy sagebrush landscape.
The updated Colorado plan is an essential element of an unprecedented and proactive strategy to respond to the deteriorating health of the American West’s sagebrush landscapes and declining population of the greater sage-grouse, a ground-dwelling bird under consideration by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
The final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will guide land management on approximately 1.6 million acres of BLM and Forest Service-administered surface land in Colorado. The final EIS incorporates Resource Management Plan Revisions for the Colorado River Valley, Grand Junction, Kremmling, Little Snake and White River Field Offices and the Land Use Plan for the Routt National Forest.
The BLM worked with cooperating agencies and the State of Colorado to develop the range of alternatives analyzed and to develop the final EIS. The final EIS is the result of a robust, multi-year public process, including public scoping sessions, public meetings and public comment periods on the draft EIS.
On Sept. 22, 2015, the BLM and USFS issued Records of Decisions finalizing the 98 land use plans that will help conserve greater sage-grouse habitat and support sustainable economic development on portions of public lands in 10 states across the West.
Link to Final RMPA/EIS/ROD
Colorado Plan Fact Sheet