The  Bureau of Land Management  Rawlins Field Office is proposing to protect resources and manage public access in the Rogers Canyon area, approximately 8 miles northwest of Laramie.

The BLM has announced a 14-day public scoping period on the proposal.

A news release from The BLM states the The Rogers Canyon Resource Protection and Public Access Plan has become necessary due to unauthorized off-highway vehicle (OHV) use, nuisance discharge of firearms, and litter causing damage to public lands and resources. 

The BLM is proposing fencing a 1-mile stretch of public land along the south side parallel to Albany County Road 17.  The fence would limit access to trails caused by OHVs, while still allowing foot traffic for recreation.  The proposed fence would be wildlife friendly, with 3-strands of wire, and a fourth smooth-wire bottom strand which would connect to a current private fence.

 There is also the possibility of placing barriers surrounding a current parking area on public land and also along Albany County Road 17.

 A scoping meeting on the proposed plan will be held Tuesday, April 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Albany County Public Library, 310 S. Eighth Street, Laramie, Wyo.  BLM specialists will be available to answer questions.

 The Bureau of Land Management would like to remind citizens that Public comments are most useful when they are specific, cite additional relevant issues, and/or determine the extent of those issues. 

To be considered in the environmental analysis, comments must be in writing and received by April 24.  Fax, e-mail, mail, or hand-deliver substantive comments during regular business hours (7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) to:

Rogers Canyon Scoping Comment

1300 N. Third Street

Rawlins, WY  82301

Fax:  307-328-4373

Email:  BLM_WY_Rogers_Canyon@blm.gov

(Please include “Rogers Canyon Scoping Comment” in the subject line.)

 Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual.  You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

 For specific questions, please call Amanda Jones, 307-328-4205.