BLM seeks comment on proposed Boulder Lake North Campground improvements
by Bureau of Land Management
August 6, 2009
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale field office is requesting public input on an improvement project for the Boulder Lake North Campground along Boulder Lake.
The proposal consists of the following improvements: replacing and expanding the Boulder Lake North Campground fence to block livestock and OHV access to a portion of the shoreline (foot traffic would still be allowed), drilling a water well and installing an adjacent stock tank to replace livestock use of the lake, and treating cheatgrass infestations.
The Boulder Lake area encompasses approximately 5,055 acres in Sublette County, about seven miles southeast of Pinedale. The area provides important habitat for mule deer, moose, pronghorn, sage-grouse, pygmy rabbits, birds of prey and other migratory birds. Recreational uses include: camping, fishing, boating, hiking, and off-road vehicles. The allotment includes the historic John Fremont’s camp and Stoke’s Crossing.
Currently the area is being degraded by livestock use and trespass by Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs). The BLM proposes to address these impacts by reducing livestock use of the area and eliminating illegal OHV use around critical recreational and historic sites, and treating 100 acres of cheatgrass (an invasive exotic grass) in the allotment.
We will accept scoping comments Aug. 1 – Sept. 15, 2009. For more information, or a copy of the Scoping Notice please contact Cara Farr at: 307-367-5339. Please send comments to: BLM Pinedale Field Office at 1625 West Pine Street, mail to: P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, WY 82941; or email: email@example.com; be sure to include the phrase "Boulder Lake North Campground" in the subject line. Comments may also be faxed to: 307-367-5329.
Your comments are very important and will be considered in the environmental analysis process. The public comments and information submitted regarding this project including names, email addresses and street addresses of the respondents will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) weekdays, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name, address, or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this plainly at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individual identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety. All individuals that comment will be added to the mailing list for this project to provide you future information regarding the EA.
The BLM manages more land – 256 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.