WYOMING - Rawlins BLM Releases Rogers Canyon Resource Protection, Public Access and Travel Management Plan; Public Meeting Scheduled

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June 12, 2014 12:45 PM

WYOMING - Rawlins BLM Releases Rogers Canyon Resource Protection, Public Access and Travel Management Plan; Public Meeting Scheduled

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office has released the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Rogers Canyon Resource Protection, Public Access and Travel Management Plan.

The 640-acre Rogers Canyon area is located eight miles northwest of Laramie, Wyoming. It is used extensively by locals and students from the University of Wyoming and WyoTech for rock climbing, hiking, biking, hunting, all-terrain vehicles and target shooting. Unfortunately, the area has been degraded with the dumping of trash and other debris, joyriding off established roads and two-tracks, the unsafe discharge of firearms and the wanton destruction of resources, including the mowing down of trees with gunfire.

The public, Rogers Canyon Coalition, BLM grazing permittee, Albany County Commissioners and Albany County Sheriff have all expressed concerns about public and livestock safety in the canyon. In response, the BLM plans to provide a preferred area for safer target shooting, construct three vehicle parking areas, deter illegal dumping with 1.15 miles of fence along the south side of County Road 17, limit off-highway vehicles to a 65-inch or less width, close eight extraneous routes with engineering, erosion or routing problems and offer more education about and enforcement of existing rules and policies.

A public meeting is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 25, 2014, at Fire Station 3, 2374 Jefferson St., in Laramie, Wyoming, to provide information and answer questions from the public regarding the plan, identified issues and potential impacts and mitigation.

The EA is available for review at the Rawlins Field Office, 1300 N. Third St., Rawlins, Wyoming, or online at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rfo/rogers_canyon.html.

Comments are most useful when they address specific issues, concerns, ideas or mitigation opportunities. Written, substantive comments may be emailed to BLM_WY_Rogers_Canyon@blm.gov with "Plan Comment" in the subject line; faxed to 307-328-4373; or mailed or delivered to the BLM Rawlins Field Office, Attn: Amanda Jones, P.O. Box 2407, 1300 N. Third St., Rawlins WY 82301. Comments will be accepted until June 30, 2014.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information, please contact Amanda Jones at 307-328-4205.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

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