New Close Date for Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse EISComment Period

Release Date: Oct 23, 2013  

BLM Colorado Sage-Grouse Web Site

Due to the Federal government shutdown, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Routt National Forest have announced a new date for the close of the comment period for the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Environmental Impact Statement and Resource Management Plan Amendment.

The original 90-day comment period was scheduled to close on November 14, 2013.  Due to the lapse in appropriations and the resulting Federal government shutdown, the documents were unavailable on the BLM website from October 1 through October 16, 2013.  Accordingly, the new date for the close of the comment period is December 2, 2013.

Public involvement is an essential and required part of the planning process and comments submitted by December 2, 2013 will be considered before the BLM and the Forest Service make a final decision.

You may submit comments related to the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS by any of the following methods:

Web site

 email: blm_co_nw_sage_grouse@blm.gov

 fax: 970-244-3083

 mail: BLM – Greater Sage Grouse EIS, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO, 81506

Original Announcement SG CO DEIS

On Friday, August 16, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Routt National Forest released the Draft Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a 90-day public comment period.

The draft considers four possible management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for greater sage-grouse on BLM- and Routt National Forest - administered lands in northwestern Colorado. The alternatives apply to federal lands and minerals only, not to private lands.

The preferred alternative reflects local adjustments to national management recommendations based on input from cooperating government agencies and the public.

The draft EIS is available on the BLM's ePlanning website under Documents and Reports.