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Rawlins Field Office
Release Date: 04/11/12
Contacts: Serena Baker,    

Public Scoping Opens on Rogers Canyon Resource Protection
and Public Access Plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office is launching a 14-day public scoping period prior to preparing an environmental analysis on a proposal to protect resources and manage public access in Rogers Canyon, approximately 8 miles northwest of Laramie, Wyo., in Albany County. 

The Rogers Canyon Resource Protection and Public Access Plan has become necessary due to unauthorized off-highway vehicle (OHV) use, nuisance discharge of firearms, and litter causing damage to public lands and resources. Under consideration is fencing a 1-mile stretch of public land along the south side parallel to Albany County Road 17. The fence would limit access to trails caused by OHVs, while still allowing foot traffic for recreation. The proposed fence would be wildlife friendly, with 3-strands of wire, and a fourth smooth-wire bottom strand which would connect to a current private fence. 

In addition, barriers may be installed surrounding a current parking area on public land, also along Albany County Road 17. 

A scoping meeting on the proposed plan will be held Tuesday, April 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Albany County Public Library, 310 S. Eighth Street, Laramie, Wyo. BLM specialists will be available to answer questions. 

Public comments are most useful when they are specific, cite additional relevant issues, and/or determine the extent of those issues. To be considered in the environmental analysis, comments must be in writing and received by April 24. Fax, e-mail, mail, or hand-deliver substantive comments during regular business hours (7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) to: 

Amanda Jones, Range Management Specialist 
BLM Rawlins Field Office 
Rogers Canyon Scoping Comment 
1300 N. Third Street 
Rawlins, WY 82301 
Fax: 307-328-4373 
(Please include “Rogers Canyon Scoping Comment” in the subject line.) 

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 above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

Before including your address, phone number, email 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.

For specific questions, please call Amanda Jones, 307-328-4205. 

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.

Rawlins Field Office   1300 N. Third Street      Rawlins, WY 82301   

Last updated: 04-13-2012