GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- - The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on efforts to streamline projects in sagebrush habitats.
The projects will address pinyon and juniper trees that gradually move into sagebrush habitats and compete for resources. This can stifle the sagebrush, which big game species like mule deer and elk use as their diet. "It's important for us to bring those habitats back to their original state, and benefit big game, benefit livestock grazing, benefit other species that utilize sagebrush habitats, and manage the land to the best of our ability," says Erin Jones, the Northwestern District NEPA Coordinator for the BLM.
Comments need to be submitted by July 10 to adequately represent all of the opinions submitted, and the projects are expected to begin in the fall season.