Sage-Grouse Draft Environmental Impact Statement

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Idaho

Image of the Idaho and Southwestern Montana Draft Environmental Impact StatementOn Friday, November 1, 2013, the Boise, Salmon-Challis, Caribou-Targhee, Sawtooth and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests, the Curlew National Grassland and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Draft Idaho and Southwestern Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement for a 90-day public comment period.

The draft considers six possible management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for greater sage-grouse on Forest Service- and BLM-administered lands in Idaho and southwestern Montana. Approximately 30 million acres of greater sage-grouse habitat are managed by the Forest Service and BLM in the identified area.

The BLM and the Forest Service have identified Alternatives D (Idaho and Southwest Montana sub-regional alternative) and E (Idaho Governor’s Alternative) as co-Preferred Alternatives for the purposes of public comment and review.  BLM and Forest Service officials agree that portions of the management guidance described within each of these two alternatives respond best to greater sage-grouse habitat threats within the Idaho and Southwestern Montana sub-region. 

The Idaho and Southwestern Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is one of 15 coordinated environmental documents developed to provide a consistent approach to sustaining the species and its habitat across the West.  By proactively addressing greater sage grouse conservation concerns on Forest Service- and BLM-administered lands, we hope to maintain the widest possible range of options for managing the public lands and for our neighboring landowners.

Information on upcoming open houses as well as the Draft Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is available for review on the BLM-Idaho's web site.  For additional information about Greater Sage-Grouse conservation, visit the BLM Sage-Grouse web site.

Nevada

Cover page for the Draft Nevada and Southwestern Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Environment Impact StatOn Friday, November 1, 2013, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Draft Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement for a 90-day public comment period.

The draft considers six possible management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for greater sage-grouse on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest- and BLM-administered lands in Nevada and Northeastern California. More than 17 million acres of greater sage-grouse habitat are managed by the Forest Service and BLM in the identified area.

The Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is one of 15 environmental impact statements being developed as part of the Forest Service’s and the BLM’s west-wide national greater sage-grouse planning effort.  By proactively addressing greater sage grouse conservation concerns on Forest Service- and BLM-administered lands, we hope to maintain the widest possible range of options for managing the public lands and for our neighboring landowners.

Information on upcoming open houses as well as the Draft Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is available for review and comment on the BLM-Nevada's web site.  Additional information is available on the BLM Sage-Grouse web site.

Utah

Cover page for the Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Environment Impact StatementOn Friday, November 1, 2013, the Ashley, Manti-La Sal, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache, Fishlake, Dixie National Forests and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement for a 90-day public comment period.  The draft would potentially amend six Forest Service and 14 BLM land use plans.

The draft considers five possible management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for greater sage-grouse on Forest Service- and BLM-administered lands in Utah.  The alternatives apply to federal lands and minerals only, not to private lands. Alternative D is the preferred alternative.  Identification of this preferred alternative does not represent the final decision of either agency.  The final alternative selected may include a mix of objectives and actions from any of the alternatives analyzed in the environmental impact statement.

Information on upcoming open houses as well as the Draft Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is available for review and comment on the BLM-Utah’s web site.  Additional information is available on the BLM Sage-Grouse web site.



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