BLM Public Comment Period for Red Grade Trails is OPEN

Red Grade Trail Comment

The BLM Public Comment Period for Red Grade Trails ends on August 19th, so please be sure to submit your comments right away:

Written comments should be submitted by August 19, 2016 and addressed to: Red Grade Trail System Environmental Analysis; Attention: Tom Bills, Planning and Environmental Coordinator; 1425 Fort St., Buffalo, WY 82834. Comments or questions may also be sent by facsimile to 307-684-1122; or sent electronically to: [email protected].


From our friends at the Sheridan Community Land Trust:

This request for public comment was released at 7:00am Tuesday, July 19:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Buffalo Field Office (BFO) would like to inform you of a 30-day public comment period in which you may have interest. We are asking the public to provide comments on the recently released Environmental Analysis (EA) regarding the issuance of a right-of-way for the Red Grade Trail System. The document is available for review at: http://bit.ly/29Aga0B.

The project would provide non-motorized recreation trails on the BLM-administered Red Grade Parcel, and would improve public health and safety along Red Grade Road. The Sheridan Community Land Trust (SCLT) sent a formal proposal for a right-of-way (ROW) for the Red Grade Trail Project to the BFO in October of 2014. The State of Wyoming has granted SCLT a Special Use Lease for a 25-year term for the portion of the trails system that is located on State lands. Should the authorization be granted, Sheridan County would hold the ROW; the two parties would manage the trail system per a Memorandum of Understanding.

In May 2015, a first draft EA was issued that included SCLT’s original proposal (Alternative 2). The BFO received 325 written comments. In response to these comments, the BLM coordinated with the proponent and the public to develop this revised EA.

The BLM will decide whether or not to authorize the proposed ROW, and if so, under what terms and conditions in concert with the Bureau’s multiple use mandate, environmental protection, and Resource Management Plan (RMP).

The trail system will be designated for non-motorized recreational use including mountain biking. The entirety of the trail is on public lands. The proposed action will not affect valid existing rights or other administrative permits associated with the federally administered public lands.

An integral component of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process is public involvement. This request for public input is an opportunity for interested parties to participate and share their insights and concerns. Following the public comment period, the BLM will issue a final decision on the proposed action.

Written comments should be submitted by August 19, 2016 and addressed to: Red Grade Trail System Environmental Analysis; Attention: Tom Bills, Planning and Environmental Coordinator; 1425 Fort St., Buffalo, WY 82834. Comments or questions may also be sent by facsimile to 307-684-1122; or sent electronically to: [email protected].

Thank you
for taking the time to help inform, refine,
and articulate the community’s vision for
public lands in the Red Grade vicinity.