BLM greater sage grouse comment period extended to 3/23/2012

February 8, 2012

BLM has extended the scoping deadline for the Colorado greater sage grouse planning process through March 23.  
CWF is working on comments and will post in advance of the deadline.

NEWS RELEASE

Feb. 8, 2012

Contact: David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 876-9008

BLM Colorado greater sage-grouse comment period extended

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The public scoping period for the Bureau of Land
Management's Northwest Colorado District greater sage-grouse planning effort has
been extended through March 23, 2012.

The BLM is writing an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze incorporating new
sage-grouse conservation measures into its Resource Management Plans for the five
field offices within the District: the Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt,
the Grand Junction Field Office, the Kremmling Field Office, the Little Snake Field
Office in Craig and the White River Field Office in Meeker.

"We are working to proactively address sage-grouse conservation through
science-based measures to maintain and restore flourishing populations of greater
sage-grouse and sagebrush habitat," said Jim Cagney, BLM Colorado Northwest District
Manager. "We want to do this in a way that protects the health of our land while
also facilitating safe and responsible energy development and recreational
opportunities, which are so important to our economy in northwestern Colorado."

More than 1.8 million acres of Colorado's greater sage-grouse habitat are on BLM
lands in the Northwest District. That's almost half of the entire greater
sage-grouse habitat in Colorado.

"Before we begin writing the Environmental Impact Statement, we want to hear any
issues or concerns from the public and our partners," Cagney said.
In December, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced new greater sage-grouse
conservation guidance aimed at conserving the greater sage-grouse and its sagebrush
habitat in 10 western states. This included new long-term conservation measures
found in the BLM National Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Planning Strategy, which is
available at http://blm.gov/g4jd.
The comment period on this effort has been extended nationally through March 23.

Written comments will be accepted at the open house meetings, or they can be sent
via regular mail to Erin Dreyfuss, NW CO District NEPA Coordinator at 2815 H Road,
Grand Junction, CO  81506, via email
togjfo_webmail@blm.gov<mailto:gjfo_webmail@blm.gov>, or via fax to (970) 244-3062. 
Please be sure to reference the CO Sage-Grouse EIS in the subject line of your fax
or email.

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.

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David Boyd
Bureau of Land Management
Public Affairs, Colorado Northwest District
2300 River Frontage Road
Silt, Co 81652

Office: 970 876-9008
Cell: 970 319-4130
Fax: 970 876-9090 

 

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