Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

For Immediate Release

January 10, 2013

Contacts:

Amanda Horvath, 303-236-4414
David McGillivary, 303-236-4411


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Piceance State Wildlife Area Property Exchange near Meeker, Colorado

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public comment on a draft environmental assessment (Draft EA) regarding Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) proposed “Piceance State Wildlife Area Property Exchange.” Public comments will be accepted for a 30-day period, which ends February 9, 2013.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is proposing to exchange the Square S State Wildlife Area unit of the Piceance Parcel with appurtenant water rights, a total of 910 acres, for Exxon Mobil Corporation’s three land parcels with appurtenant water rights; a total of 1,191 acres of land.   National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance is required since the Piceance Parcel was acquired by CPW in 1956 with Wildlife Restoration grant funds from the Fish and Wildlife Service.  Federal regulation stipulates that the Fish and Wildlife Service approve or disapprove of any land disposal acquired with Wildlife Restoration funds.

The Proposed Action would ­­­­­increase the amount of quality riparian habitat, big game habitat, and winter grazing habitat.  The Proposed Action would also provide hunting access to adjacent Bureau of Land Management land in the White River drainage.  Implementation of this exchange would also aid CPW in the management of public lands in the Piceance Basin and White River drainage where energy development is not expected in the foreseeable future.  The Draft EA documents an analysis of the effects of the “No Action” Alternative and the Proposed Action. 

A copy of the Draft EA, which includes details of the proposed action and the alternative considered, is available online by clicking on the title of the document at http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/federalassistance/nepa/index.html. Those without internet access may request copies by calling the Services’ Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program at 303-236-4414.  Comments will be accepted until February 9, 2013 and should be sent to: Chief, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 25486, Denver, CO, 80225.

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