U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Granada State Wildlife Area Disposal
For Immediate Release
October 28, 2013
Due to the government shutdown, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is again seeking public comment on a draft environmental assessment (Draft EA) regarding Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) proposed “Granada State Wildlife Area Disposal.” Public comments will be accepted for a 15-day period, which ends November 12, 2013.
CPW is proposing to relinquish a 3.08 acre parcel of property in the State Wildlife Area (SWA) with an appraisal value of $1,300 to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). CPW has determined that the proposed action will not affect the purpose of the Granada SWA. The land disposal and purchase is necessary to make structural improvements to US Highway 50. In an effort to increase safety for travelers along this highway, CDOT plans to relocate a railroad overpass and bridge, and realign a portion of the highway just east of the town of Granada. As part of the highway realignment, a portion of the road would cross approximately 3.08 acres of the SWA.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance is required since this parcel of the Granada SWA was acquired by CPW in 1996 with Wildlife Restoration grant funds from the Service. Federal regulation stipulates that the Service approve or disapprove of any land disposal acquired with Wildlife Restoration grant funds.
The Proposed Action would not negatively impact wildlife or cultural resources and would not limit hunting and fishing access to the Arkansas River in this area, and will allow CDOT to make important safety improvements for public transportation along US Highway 50. The Draft EA documents an analysis of the effects of the “No Action” Alternative and the Proposed Action.