Denver (AP) The Colorado Division of Wildlife is recommending that several proposed federal oil and gas leases be withdrawn or issued with conditions in an upcoming auction to protect greater sage grouse, lynx, native cutthroat trout and other wildlife.
The comments are among 97 protests or statements submitted on the May 8th auction of 175,430 acres. The parcels up for lease include roughly 19,000 acres classified as roadless under a 2001 ban on road-building in parts of national forests.
While spread over 14 counties, the bulk of the land is in the Rio Grande National Forest in southern Colorado. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which oversees mineral development on federal land, will decide whether to pull any of the parcels from the sale.