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CMC Conservation Updates

Thompson Divide Draft EIS to cancel illegal Oil & Gas Leases

In a just released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the Bureau of Land Management proposed to completely cancel 18 and partially cancel 7 of the 65 illegally issued leases on the White River National Forest. If adopted, BLM’s proposal will protect tens of thousands of acres in the Thompson Divide from development and ensure that pristine roadless lands aren’t bulldozed for new oil and gas development.
The BLM will be holding three public meetings to receive comment on their proposal to cancel leases in the Thompson Divide. They're scheduled for December 14th in Glenwood Springs, 15th in DeBeque, & 16th in Carbondale.  Public comments are due to the BLM by January 8, 2016.  More info available online...

BLM Releases Draft SEIS for Roan Plateau

The Bureau of Land Management released a draft analysis of a revised management plan for Colorado's pristine Roan Plateau that would close the most sensitive areas of the plateau to future oil and gas leasing and allow only limited development on other existing leases.  The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is now available online for public review and comment. Public meetings are expected to take place in January and will be announced at least 15 days prior. Comments need to be received by February 18, 2016 and may be sent to:  E-mail: roanplateau@blm.gov  |  Fax: 970-876-9090  |  Mail: BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office, Attn: Roan Plateau SEIS, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652.

Rio Grande National Forest Planning - Assessment Reports

As part of the on-giong Forest Plan Revision, the Rio Grande NF is releasing resource assessments that evaluate the existing conditions of the forest, identify possible future conditions, and describe trends of the social, economic, and ecological systems within the plan area.  Topics include:  Recreation  |  Wilderness & Special Designated Areas  |  Fish, Wildlife & Rare Plants  |  And many more.  Check out the full list online...

What's happening on public lands near you?

Find out in the quarterly SOPA - Schedule of Proposed Action.  New environmental assessments, public scoping deadlines and more.  CMC reviews the Colorado reports for recreation-specific projects and you can check out an overview of USFS projects and BLM projects online.
Want to get the full report?  Download directly from the agencies:

Thanks for attending the Backcountry Bash!

We had a great event this year and want to thank all the participants and sponsors who helped support CMC Conservation and the Backcountry Snowsports Initiative.  Hope to see you again next year!

JeffCo Rock Climbing Management

Jefferson County Open Space is developing management guidelines and seeks public comment before December 7.  Read the draft guidelines and comment here...

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