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Steamboat briefs: BLM accepting public input on sagebrush projects

The Bureau of Land Management is accepting comment on a plan to streamline the approval process for habitat improvement projects to benefit wildlife and grazing in northwestern Colorado.

As part of its multiple-use mission, the BLM manages the land that wildlife and livestock depend upon. The Northwest District is taking a broad look at possible projects in sagebrush and pinyon-juniper habitats on BLM-administered lands in Northwest Colorado.

"We are planning a number of projects to restore sagebrush habitat throughout northwestern Colorado in the coming years," said Northwest District Manager Andrew Archuleta in a news release. "Rather than do a number of separate, redundant EAs, we can do one larger, programmatic assessment that would streamline the approval for most projects."

The programmatic EA analyzes techniques to improve sagebrush habitat and battle encroaching pinyon-juniper, including hand-thinning, mechanical treatments such as mowing or roller-chopping, prescribed fire, seeding and erosion control.

These treatments stimulate plant growth that increases forage for a variety of wildlife, including deer and elk, as well as livestock. Sagebrush-dependent wildlife species such as greater sage grouse would also benefit.

Comments should be submitted by Sunday, July 9. Information about the proposal and how to comment are available online at bit.ly/2qTB7Yy

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