BLM to hold meeting about sage grouse in Craig

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— The Bureau of Land Management will hold a meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the BLM Field Office in Craig, 455 Emerson St., to hear from the public about its district-wide greater sage grouse planning effort, according to a news release.

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.

More than 1.8 million acres of Colorado’s greater sage grouse habitat are on BLM lands in the northwest district, according to the release.

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 www.blm.gov/g4jd.

The BLM will accept public comments through Feb. 22. Written comments will be accepted at the meeting, can be mailed to Erin Dreyfuss, NW CO District NEPA Coordinator, at 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506, emailed to gjfo_webmail@blm.gov or faxed to 970-244-3062. Reference “CO Sage-Grouse EIS” in the subject line of faxes and emails.

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