BLM Public Meetings in Colorado for the Big Game Habitat Conservation Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Lakewood, Colo.– The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado State Office is seeking public input on a Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement to consider an amendment to oil and gas decisions in existing BLM Colorado resource management plans to promote conservation of big game High Priority Habitat. Big game is an essential ingredient in the Colorado way of life, and BLM Colorado recognizes the need to ensure productive wildlife habitat on public lands.
A Notice of Availability was published on November 9, 2023, beginning a 90-day public scoping period (https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-welcomes-comments-draft-plan-big-game-habitat-conservation-colorado). The BLM will hold two virtual meetings and three in-person meetings in Colorado to provide information and answer questions regarding this amendment. The public meetings will help attendees learn about the plan amendment and formulate written submissions for the BLM before the comment period ends on February 6, 2024.
The in-person meetings will feature a brief presentation and an open-house format, with BLM specialists available at information stations to interact with meeting attendees to provide answers or additional information. Oral comments will not be accepted at the in-person meetings, but laptops and printed comment cards will be available for submitting comments on-site. The virtual meetings will include a presentation from the BLM and a question-and-answer session.
To register for a virtual or in-person public meeting, please visit the project website: https://go.usa.gov/xzXxY
The virtual public meetings are scheduled to occur on the dates and times below:
- Monday, December 11, 2023, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. MDT.
- Monday, December 18, 2023, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. MDT.
The in-person meetings will be:
Durango December 7 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. MT Durango Public Library
1900 E 3rd Ave
Durango, CO, 81301
Craig December 13 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. MT Pavilion
750 East 4th St
Craig, CO, 81625
Rifle December 14 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. MT Hampton Inn
715 Megan Ave
Rifle, CO, 81650
For comments to be considered, the BLM must receive them by February 7, 2024. Comments can be provided in the following ways:
- Attend a public meeting. Virtual meetings will include an oral comment session and in-person meetings will have laptops and comment cards available for written comments.
- Submit your comments electronically via the project website: https://go.usa.gov/xzXxY
- Mail your comments to: BLM Colorado State Office, Attn: Big Game Corridor Amendment/EIS, Denver Federal Center, Building 40, Lakewood, CO, 80225.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.