BLM director says wild horses in captivity will not be euthanized

RBC I Yesterday BLM head Neil Kornze announced that the BLM was not accepting the recommendation from the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board—an independent panel comprised of members of the public—to destroy wild horses in holding and to offer wild horses that had been passed over for adoption for sale without limitation. “The […]

BLM recommends removal of restrictions on sale and adoption of wild horses and burros

The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board met Sept. 8-9, 2016, in Elko, Nev., to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands. White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts’ Executive Director Callie Hendrickson attended the meeting and provided public comment […]

BLM holds open house briefing on travel plan

RBC I The White River Field Office (WRFO), Bureau of Land Management, hosted a Meeker meeting last Tuesday at the public library to discuss BLM’s travel management plan. Six members of the public were there to meet with four BLM representatives. BLM staff admitted they missed the deadline to get notice in the Herald Times […]

Tours of proposed OHV areas are open to public

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management is hosting public site tours in September to four areas in the White River Field Office it is proposing as “OHV Open Areas.”

Off-highway vehicle trail rides new to Septemberfest

RANGELY I New this year at Septemberfest, off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts will have two opportunities to tour some of the trails around Rangely. Locals Brad and Michelle Casto and Jeff and Rebecca Rector have organized the events on Saturday and Sunday and will serve as guides to some of the best scenery and OHV rides […]

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

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.