The Bureau of Land Management's Rawlins field office has scheduled four public meetings as part of its analysis of the proposed Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind energy project in Carbon County.

The agency will conduct an environmental impact statement, which will analyze the potential impacts of the 1,000-turbine wind farm spanning about 98,500 acres, according to the BLM. Federal land managers will consider concerns regarding rights-of-way as well as the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of installing and maintaining the facilities, which would include access roads, electric power gathering cables, an electric transmission line, and electric substations.

The public meetings will be held:

- August 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Platte Valley Community Center, 210 West Elm, in Saratoga.

- August 16, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Carbon County Higher Education Center, 705 Rodeo Street, in Rawlins.

- August 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Carbon County Higher Education Center, 705 Rodeo Street, in Rawlins.

- August 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Little Snake River Valley Educational Center, 360 Whippoorwill, in Baggs.

The BLM Field Manager, Rawlins Field Office, 1300 N. Third Street, Rawlins, WY 82301 will receive comments submitted via mail or overnight delivery from the general public and interested parties. Facsimiles, telephone calls, or electronic mail via Internet will not be considered as validly submitted comments, according to BLM officials.

For further information, contact Heather Nino, realty specialist in the BLM Rawlins field office, P.O. Box 2407, Rawlins WY 82301, or at WYMail-PCW-Windfarmblm.gov, or Jerry Crockford at (505) 360-0473.

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