Created: 08/03/2014 11:39 AM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - The National Forest Service says proposed regulations for sheep grazing in a southwestern Colorado wilderness area will undergo a more intensive environmental review.
The Durango Herald reported Friday the San Juan National Forest will conduct an environmental impact statement on the rules for the Weminuche (wehm-ih-NOO'-chee) Wilderness Area. That entails a more detailed analysis than the environmental assessment that was originally planned.
The Forest Service had finished a draft environmental assessment. It's not clear when the environmental impact statement will be completed.
San Juan Forest Supervisor Kara Chadwick says heightened public interest and the complexity of the issue are the reasons for the change.
The original assessment looked at about 260 square miles.
The Weminuche Wilderness is the largest in Colorado, encompassing more than 780 square miles.
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