No NEPA Rollback Outreach

Feb. 23, 2-4:30 PM, at the Ute Mountaineer in Aspen
March 3, 5-7 PM, at the Roaring Fork Conservatory in Basalt

Protect your voice, health and public lands. An opportunity to learn more, share your thoughts and take action.

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Next Board Meeting

Rescheduled to Thurs. Jan. 16 in Basalt

You are invited to join us at our regular Board Meeting at 23272 Two Rivers Road, Basalt on Wednesday January 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm. There'll be drinks and snacks plus opportunities for discussion.

Trump Administration Proposes Major Changes to the National Environmental Protection Act - Our Bedrock Environmental Law

Take Action

1. See the Draft Revised Rule here.

2. Submit your comments by March 10, 2020.
Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Fax: 202-456-6546
Mail: Council on Environmental Quality, 730 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20503

3. Attend the public hearing in Denver on Feb. 11, at EPA regional headquarters downtown on Wynkoop St. (There is also a hearing scheduled in Washington D.C. on Feb. 25. See nepa.gov for details.)

4. Stay tuned for further COWPL events around this topic.

San Juan National Forest – Proposed Roadless Area Boundary Modification

The Forest Service proposes to modify the South San Juan Adjacent Roadless Area and Turkey Creek Roadless Area boundaries, in the San Juan National Forest, to remove 176 acres of federal land to be conveyed to non-federal parties for the proposed Valle Seco land exchange. Removing lands from the Colorado Roadless Area designation would increase fragmentation and remove protection.

There is a 90-day public notice and opportunity to comment from publication of notice. Comments are due in early February 2020, addressed to Becca Smith, San Juan National Forest, PO Box 310, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or via email to rebecca.smith@usda.gov.

Proposed Land Transfer from the BLM to the Colorado State Land Board

COWPL has submitted comments for the scoping phase of the proposed transfer by the BLM of approximately 17,700 acres of federal surface/federal mineral estate, and an additional 6,000 acres of federal mineral estate only, in 16 counties, to the Colorado State Land Board. The Federal government want to settle a historic debt for 9,900 acres. Comments submitted will inform the next phase of the BLM’s NEPA process. The BLM identified preliminary issues through internal scoping. Our comments addressed those issues as well as:

  • Increase public outreach and provide further information.
  • Provide the rationale for calculating the value or amount of land that is owed by the Colorado BLM to the State of Colorado today.
  • In a statewide project, parcel specific information can be overlooked. Provide in-depth analysis of the natural and cultural attributes, and existing and proposed uses, of each of the parcels under consideration.

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Valle Seco COWPL Comments Submitted

COWPL has submitted comments on the proposed Valle Seco Land Exchange. Comments will inform the next phase of the Forest’s NEPA analysis of the proposal. COWPL identified a range of topics including the following:

  • Public access, recreation and natural and cultural values need further analysis.
  • Mitigation and management techniques should be described.
  • Current land appraisals of the properties should be made available to the public and future appraisals should utilize multiple techniques to fully consider the value of the lands.
  • Include detailed analysis of alternatives to "The Proposed Action" and "No Action".

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