Craig briefs: BLM issues assessment for oil, gas lease sale

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The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office released a preliminary environmental assessment analyzing the proposed sale of oil and gas leases on 41 parcels totaling 31,225 acres of public mineral estate in Moffatt and Routt counties, according to a news release.  

The parcels are identified as available to oil and gas leasing under the current resource management plan for the Little Snake Field Office. The RMP identifies what restrictions, or stipulations, are included with the leases.

Under the preferred alternative, 71 parcels would be deferred, leaving 41 parcels available for lease sale totaling 31,225 acres. Of the parcels recommended for lease, 10 parcels are in Moffat County and 31 are in Routt County. Deferred parcels would not be offered due to Preliminary Priority Habitat for Greater Sage-Grouse as identified by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

The EA, a list of the parcels and the attached stipulations are available online at www.blm.gov/co/st/en/blm_programs/oilandgas/oil_and_gas_lease/2015/feb_2015.html and at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson in Craig.

Written comments must be received by Sept. 5 and may be submitted via email to lsfoweb@blm.gov or by mail to the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St., Craig, CO 81625.

Fuller Center work day scheduled for Saturday

The Fuller Center for Housing in Craig will host a work day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, during which volunteers can help the at the housing job site, building the framing walls on the house. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. Bring work gloves and a positive attitude. Tools will be provided. Ages 14 and older are encouraged to volunteer. The site is located at 731 Yampa Ave.

Bears moving, seeking food as fall approaches



While humans are basking in the heat of midsummer, bears know that fall is approaching, and they are starting to prepare for their long winter nap. That means bears are now constantly on the move looking for food, and many are finding their way into towns and residential areas, according to a press release.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds people throughout Colorado to take precautions to prevent conflicts with bears.
      


In the past few weeks, there have been numerous reports of bear conflicts across the state. In Aspen, a woman was injured by a bear that had been in an alley dumpster. In Crawford, a sow and her two cubs were rummaging in garbage in mid-July, but a week later, the sow disappeared and the two cubs had to be captured and taken to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Bears have broken into numerous vehicles and cabins in the northeast part of the state, and they’ve taken aim at chicken pens in areas around Nucla, Naturita, Delta and Montrose. Bears also are making regular visits to residential areas in the Grand Junction area.
      


Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said that food attractants made available by people are the cause of most of the conflicts. 
     

Bridge north of Maybell to close for 6 weeks

The Moffat County Road Department temporarily has closed the bridge north of Maybell on Moffat County Road 19. The bridge will be closed for repairs for approximately six weeks. For further information or alternate routes, call the Road Department at 970-824-3211.

CPW reminds people not to touch young wildlife

This is the time of year when wild animals give birth to their young, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife asks that you not approach, touch or handle young animals, according to a press release.

“We know that people are trying to be helpful, but the young animals are best cared for by their own parents,” said Renzo DelPiccolo, area wildlife manager in Montrose for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “The best thing people can do is to leave young wildlife alone.”

During summer, people often see young animals that appear to be alone.

“The animals have not been abandoned. Young animals are often left alone to allow the mother to feed, to help them avoid predators and to learn how to live in the wild,” DelPiccolo said.

Deer provide a good example of how wildlife adapt behaviors to help them survive. Young fawns have no scent and are born with speckled coats that provide a natural camouflage. These two factors help them avoid being found by predators. When the mother doe senses a predator might be close by, it moves away. Many other animals use similar survival techniques.

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