BLM issues EA, draft ruling on area grazing lands

RBC I The White River National Forest and Blanco Ranger District have released an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Decision Notice for the Morapos Creek, Wilson Mesa and Deer Creek sheep and goat grazing allotments.

BLM needs comments on roads within White River Field Office

RBC I On Monday, the Bureau of Land Management released for public review preliminary alternatives detailing travel management area designations within the 1.5-million acre White River Field Office in northwestern Colorado.

BLM is evaluating oil and gas leases in Rio Blanco and others

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a proposal to offer about 100,000 acres of federal minerals in northwestern Colorado in the May 2017 competitive oil and gas lease sale.

BLM has new field manager in Craig

RBC I Bruce Sillitoe arrived in Craig last week to begin his new position as the field manager for the Little Snake Field Office.

BLM nixes 25 gas leases in White River National Forest

RBC I On Friday, the Bureau of Land Management canceled 25 natural gas leases in the White River National Forest after the U.S Geological Survey noted that the Piceance Basin is among the largest natural gas reserves in the country.

BLM: Comments sought on rec applicants

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction Field Office is seeking public comments on five new commercial Special Recreation Permit applications.

Blair Fire not growing; fire crews downsizing

The Blair Fire, located about 20 miles west of Meeker and about three-quarters of a mile north of Highway 64, was reported to be at 70 percent containment, having consumed 1,140 acres with no increase Sunday or Monday. Some of the firefighters left the area on Tuesday while others remained to monitor the fire.

RBC I The firefighting efforts on the 1,140-acre Blair Fire, located 20 miles west of Meeker, are scaling down as fire activity wanes. However, a small unmanned aircraft (or drone) being flown by private individuals was spotted near the incident command post.

BLM OKs overburden storage at coal mine north of Meeker

MEEKER I The Bureau of Land Management Northwest District signed a Finding of No Significant Impact and a Decision Record on Friday, approving a coal lease modification to allow Colowyo Coal to store rock and soil overburden at a coal mine north of Meeker.

White River travel inventory up for review

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management seeks the public’s help in reviewing its road and trail inventory for lands managed by the White River Field Office in northwestern Colorado.

Unmanned aircraft in area this week

MEEKER I The Bureau of Land Management will be evaluating the use of unmanned aircraft to assist with natural resource monitoring west of Meeker next week.

Conservation districts weigh in on plan to assist sage grouse

RBC I The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts staff attended the BLM’s Stakeholder Workshop titled “The Next Steppe: Implementing for the Future,” in Grand Junction on April 19, when several Interior Department staff members from Washington D.C., and Colorado BLM Director Ruth Welch addressed the group.

BLM seeks residents for resource advisory councils

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management announced Friday that it is seeking public nominations for open positions on 34 Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), which advise the BLM on public land issues, including positions in Rio Blanco County/Northwest Colorado.