<![CDATA[ BLM Colorado News Release RSS Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/rss/newsreleases/co.html BLM Colorado News Release en-us Thu, 6 Oct 2016 19:54:03 -0600 News blm_co_info@blm.gov (CO Info) <![CDATA[ BLM temporarily closes Penitente Canyon for 12 Hours of Penitence race (10.6.16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/october/01.html http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/october/01.html Thu, 6 Oct 2016 19:54:03 -0600 MONTE VISTA, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management San Luis Valley Field Office is temporarily closing the campground at Penitente Canyon Oct. 6-9 for the upcoming 12 Hours of Penitence mountain bike endurance race.  The race is permitted through the BLM San Luis Valley Field Office. Alternate locations for developed camping are the Poso and Storm King campgrounds managed by the US Forest Service. Dispersed camping is available on BLM managed public lands throughout the San Luis Valley.  ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Little Snake Field Office Travel Route Inventory Available for Public Review (10.6.16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/october/00.html http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/october/00.html Thu, 6 Oct 2016 19:51:44 -0600 CRAIG, Colo - The Bureau of Land Management seeks the public’s help in reviewing its road and trail inventory for an area managed by the Little Snake Field Office in northwestern Colorado. 
The field office is undertaking a comprehensive, multi-year look at the roads and trails that it manages. The first step in each area is to confirm the inventory of the roads and trails – collectively called routes – is accurate.
“We are not making any decisions on the routes in this area right now; we are just verifying and correcting information,” said Little Snake Field Manager Bruce Sillitoe. “Are the maps depicting routes accurately? Are there roads or trails missing from the maps?”
During the summer of 2016, the field office inventoried more than 1,300 miles of routes across approximately 370,000 acres it manages between Maybell and Craig north to the Wyoming border. This area is called Travel Management Inventory Area 2, and includes parts of the Powder Wash, Big Gulch, Seven Mile and Great Divide areas. 
Comments on the route inventory for TMA2 will be most helpful if received byNov. 6, 2016. The maps are available for review on-line athttp://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/lsfo.html or at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson Street in Craig. 
Comments may be e-mailed to blm_co_lsfo_web@blm.gov or mailed to Dario Archuleta, 455 Emerson Street, Craig, CO 81625.  
Once the inventory is complete for this area, the field office will begin an environmental assessment looking at how to manage these routes. That process will include several opportunities for public comment in 2017.
The field office began this process for the adjacent Travel Management Inventory Area 1 in 2015. Preliminary management alternatives were released for public review earlier this year, and an environmental assessment analyzing the alternatives in detail is scheduled to be released for public review in February 2017. TMA1 includes Hiawatha, Vermillion Basin, Sand Wash and Bears Ears near Craig.  
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address or any other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.
<![CDATA[ BLM Colorado proposes statewide supplementary rules (10.5.16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/october/0.html http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/october/0.html Wed, 5 Oct 2016 15:08:52 -0600 LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is now seeking comments on proposed statewide supplementary rules designed to increase and sustain the quality of public lands and recreation by reducing resource damage and risks to public health and safety.  The proposed supplementary rules will apply to all public lands and BLM facilities in Colorado. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM begins seasonal route closures during fall big game seasons in two areas north of Rifle (9.30.16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/september/010.html http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/september/010.html Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:13:00 -0600 SILT, Colo. – Two Bureau of Land Management-administered areas north of Rifle will be seasonally closed to motorized vehicles beginning this fall to improve hunting opportunities.
Dry Rifle Creek, which is east of Rifle Gap Reservoir along the north side of the Grand Hogback, and West Rifle Creek, which is west of Rifle Gap Reservoir adjacent to Rifle Creek State Wildlife Area, will be closed to motorized use each year from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 as a result of decisions in the 2015 Resource Management Plan for the Colorado River Valley Field Office.  The areas are in state hunting unit 33.
“These two areas are great low elevation, walk-in areas for big game hunting,” said Brian Hopkins, assistant field manager for the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office. “Repeated disturbance from motorized activity simply pushes big game out of these areas. Similar seasonal travel limitations have been successful in the Stagecoach and Domantle areas near Castle Peak in Eagle County.”
Motorized travel on designated routes is still available on other BLM-administered lands in this area, including Cedar Mountain, Horse Mountain, West Elk Ridge, Tiki Mine Ridge and the Boiler area.   
For more information about hunting on BLM lands, log on to http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/recreation/Recreation_Activities/hunting.html

  ]]> <![CDATA[ Parking Area Construction to Temporarily Close Road (9.30.16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/september/09.html http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/september/09.html Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:09:41 -0600 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management(BLM) Grand Junction Field Office is constructing a new Off-Highway Vehicle trailhead parking area in Bangs Canyon, temporarily restricting access to a popular local trail. 

Bangs Canyon’s Third Flats Road will be closed through mid-October during construction for the new Third Flats Parking Area. The parking area will accommodate up to 40 vehicles, giving visitors better access to Third Flats Road. Roadside parking will be reduced, thereby enhancing public safety and resource protection. 
“The new parking area will allow for easier access to the Third Flats ATV trails. This project will improve trail riding experiences in the area as there are great narrow trails most people don’t know exist,” said Western Slope ATV Association President Steve Chapel.  
“We’re excited to complete this OHV trailhead and parking area,” said Grand Junction Field Office Manager Katie Stevens.   “It will give people a safer option for parking their vehicles rather than pulling off on the shoulder of Little Park Road. This parking area will give those riding in the Third Flats and greater Bangs Canyon area a better way to get to our world class OHV trails.”
The Third Flats Road will be closed from Little Park Rd to just above Quad Rocker Loop. Visitors can still access the area from the south via Billings Canyon Road, through the Bangs Canyon Trailhead.  
<![CDATA[ Firefighters planning prescribed burn on BLM land in Eagle County (9.27.16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/september/08.html http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/september/08.html Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:59:45 -0600 SILT, Colo. – Firefighters from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Unit are planning to ignite a prescribed fire on Bureau of Land Management lands four miles northwest of Gypsum in Eagle County as early as Wednesday, Sept. 28.
The objectives of the 180-acre Sheep Gulch Prescribed Fire are to reduce the risk of larger wildfires burning into adjacent private lands by reducing hazardous fuels, to improve wildlife habitat in the area by increasing age and sizes of vegetation, and to reduce pinon-juniper expansion to help restore sagebrush communities in the area.
Smoke may be seen from the Eagle River corridor and the Town of Gypsum.
“We will only ignite these prescribed fires if conditions are ideal for safe, effective burns, as well as for good smoke dispersal away from area communities,” said Chad Sewell, fuels specialist for the Bureau of Land Management Colorado River Valley Field Office. 
Fire managers have developed a detailed prescribed fire plan and obtained smoke permits from the State of Colorado for the planned burn. 
Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information, see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.
<![CDATA[ BLM to gather Sand Wash wild horses in October (9.21.16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/september/07.html http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/september/07.html Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:29:15 -0600 CRAIG, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management will begin gathering up to 50 wild horses from the Sand Wash Herd Management Area in October under a decision signed today.
Beginning Oct. 21, the BLM will bait-trap wild horses in northwestern Colorado’s Sand Wash Basin in order to administer fertility control treatments and remove up to 50 young horses, which will be placed in the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary (GEMS) training and adoption program. 
The BLM manages the area for up to 362 wild horses, but the current population exceeds 600, a number that poses a serious risk to the area’s ecological balance. Treating mares and removing some young horses should help check the growth of the Sand Wash Herd. 
Wild horses will be attracted to corrals using bait over a series of days or weeks. While confined in a corral, BLM will work with its partner group the Sand Wash Advocacy Team (SWAT) to identify horses to be placed into the adoption program as well as mares that would be treated with a contraceptive called PZP, which delays fertilization, and released back to the range. 
“The BLM is committed to maintaining a healthy wild horse population in Sand Wash over the long-term,” said BLM Little Snake Field Manager Bruce Sillitoe. “This small gather and fertility treatment will help keep their habitat healthy, which is key to keeping the wild horses healthy.” 
The BLM works closely with its partner groups GEMS and SWAT to manage the Sand Wash Herd Management Area in northwestern Colorado. 
The decision and associated environmental assessment are available at http://1.usa.gov/23gJg6W
<![CDATA[ BLM seeks public comments on proposal to lease Salida East to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (9.21.16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/september/06.html http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/september/06.html Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:24:31 -0600 CANON CITY, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office is hosting a public meeting to provide information and an opportunity to comment on a proposal to lease the Salida East Recreation Site to Colorado Parks and Wildlife under the Recreation & Public Purposes Act. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM hosts public meetings and extends comment period on draft Gunnison Sage-Grouse rangewide plan amendment (9.20.16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/september/05.html http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/september/05.html Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:21:32 -0600 LAKEWOOD—The Bureau of Land Management is hosting public meetings and extending the public comment period on the Gunnison Sage-Grouse Rangewide Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement. ]]> <![CDATA[ Seasonal Closure Set to Protect Wildlife within the Dry Creek Travel Management Area (9.19.16) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/september/04.html http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2016/september/04.html Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:19:11 -0600 MONTROSE, Colo. – In partnership with Stay the Trail, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Delta Correctional Prison Crew, the Bureau of Land Management is installing new gates within the Dry Creek Travel Management Area west of Montrose to protect habitat for wintering big game animals. The gates notify motorized and mechanized trail users of seasonal closures from December 1 to April 15 between Highway 90 and Rim Road. ]]>