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BLM Colorado greater sage-grouse comment period extended

Grand County CO Colorado

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.

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.

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 to 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.

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