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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

BLM reminds shed antler hunters that they must park on designated roads

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field offices in Craig and Meeker are reminding people planning to collect shed antlers in northwest Colorado this spring that it is illegal to travel off existing roads in a motor vehicle on BLM public lands in this area. Share on Facebook

BLM proposes emissions rules; regulations may aid gas and oil

RBC I On Jan. 22, as “Snowzilla” was about to hit Washington D.C. and much of the East Coast, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell announced much-anticipated rules on emissions from oil and gas production on Bureau of Land Management-administered leases. Share on Facebook

BLM releases DEIS on previous oil, gas leases in White River Nat’l Forest

RBC I On Nov. 18, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that analyzes 65 existing oil and gas leases located on the White River National Forest, including leases in the Thompson Divide area. The 49-day public comment period on the DEIS began when the Environmental Protection Agency’s Notice […]

BLM begins scoping process for travel, transportation plan

RBC I On Nov. 11, the Bureau of Land Management White River Field Office hosted public meetings in Meeker and Rangely to discuss the scoping process of updating their Travel and Transportation Management Plan for the 6.2 million acres managed by the White River Field Office. Share on Facebook

BLM seeking input on travel plan

MEEKER I The Bureau of Land Management has announced a public scoping period for travel and transportation management in the White River Field Office in northwestern Colorado. Share on Facebook