Outside Briefs, Feb. 27, 2016

Speakers address plants and bird habitats this week

Steven Stern, assistant professor of biology at Colorado Mesa University, will lead a discussion about the plants and wildflowers found in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Stern will also provide details about the floristic inventory occurring in 2016.

The presentation is from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Whitman Education Center, 462 Ute Ave., in downtown Grand Junction.

In another event, Bureau of Land Management ecologist John Toolen will speak about the variety of bird habitats found on the Western Slope and the many species in those habitats. The presentation is good for experienced birders and anyone interested in birds and is at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta is from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday.

Go to http://www.coloradocanyonsassociation.org for more information.

Novice women can apply for turkey hunt with mentors

 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications from novice female hunters who would like to participate in a private-land turkey hunt with experienced mentors.

The two-day event is offered in partnership with Encana and the Western Slope chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The hunt will take place on private property, owned by Encana, near Parachute.

Only novice female hunters 18-and-older will be selected for the hunt. No experience or equipment is required, but all applicants must have a valid hunter-education card. Visit Parks and Wildlife’s hunter-education page for more information.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 25 and can be found at Parks and Wildlife’s website: http://www.cpw.state.co.us.

 

Economic impact statements about coal leases coming

 

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests and the Bureau of Land Management announced they intend to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to consider two coal-lease modifications on lands adjacent to the West Elk Mine near Somerset, northeast of Paonia.

In 2014, the West Elk lease modifications issued in 2012 were vacated by a federal judge. To remedy the deficiencies identified by the court, a supplemental Draft EIS and Final EIS will be prepared. The Notice of Intent to prepare a Supplemental EIS in the Federal Register provides official notice of the Forest Service’s decision to resume analysis. The Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 23.

Comments received during previous comment periods will remain as part of the public record and have been used to identify issues and develop alternatives. Comments will continue to be accepted while the Supplemental EIS is being prepared. The Supplemental Draft EIS is expected to be released this spring with an additional formal comment period following its release.

To submit comments:

■ Mail: Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Attn: Forest Supervisor, 2250 Highway 50, Delta, 81416.

■ Fax: 970-874-6698.

■ Online: cara.ecosystemmanagement.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=32459.

For more information, contact District Ranger Levi Broyles at 970-527-4131 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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