BLM issues Notice of Intent re Colorado statewide amendment to resource mgmt plans

On July 18, 2022 the Bureau of Land Management issued its Notice of Intent to begin the scoping phase of its very important process to develop a Colorado statewide amendment to its resource management plans as to big game conservation of seasonal habitats and migration corridors on the lands and minerals it manages in Colorado. CWF appreciates this process!  The NOI states, “This action is needed to ensure that the BLM considers current big game population and habitat data, including maps of high priority habitat, and to evaluate management consistency of other federal agencies, state and local governments and tribes….”  CWF will submit comments and will ask that our members and supporters take action to submit comments, too. We note that BLM intends to exclude bighorn sheep from this process, stating they primarily occur at higher elevation levels with low oil and gas potential. The process is not confined to the context of oil and gas and CWF disagrees with this proposed exclusion as some bighorn sheep populations are dependent upon BLM lands to survive. Scoping comments are due September 2. CWF will post our comments when they are ready. We urge that you comment as well and call us if you wish to discuss. 303-987-0400

BLM will hold 2 virtual meetings: August 3 at 1:00 MDT and August 4 at 6:00 pm MDT. To register click here, scroll down and then click on Register for whichever meeting you select:  Click here to register for virtual meeting

In addition, BLM will host 2 in person meetings:

  • August 8, 2022 at 5:00pm (MT) –  CPW Regional Office, 4255 Sinton Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
  • August 11, 2022 at 5:00pm (MT) – Courtyard by Marriott (Room Merlot 1), 765 Horizon Dr, Grand Junction, CO 81506
  • August 12, 2022 at 6:00pm (MT) – Ute Mountain Museum (Chipeta Room), 17253 Chipeta Rd, Montrose, CO 81403

To register for an in person meeting, click here

To read the Notice of Intent click here:   Notice of Intent