The 90-day comment period for the Greater Sage-grouse draft environmental impact statements and land use plan amendments for Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming have all ended. The total number of substantive comments received was 7,360. We received comments from individuals, state and local governments, and stakeholder groups. The Forest Service and the BLM are analyzing the comments received and will be developing Response to Comment reports that will be included as appendices in each final environment impact Statement/land use plan amendment.
The Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management will be analyzing the substantive comments received, revising the draft environmental impact statements, and publishing final environmental impact statements, which will include Response to Comment reports. A Notice of Availability for the Proposed Land Use Plan Amendments and Environmental Impact Statements is expected to be published in the Federal Register in the fall of 2014.
Forest Service Begins Dakota Prairie Grasslands Greater Sage-grouse Effort
The Forest Service published a Notice of Intent on May 21, 2014, announcing the agency’s intent to prepare an environmental impact statement to amend the Dakota Prairie Grasslands Land and Resource Management Plan. The scoping period commenced on May 22, 2014, and will end on July 7, 2014. This effort will analyze approximately 140,400 acres in the planning area and identify management direction to conserve, enhance, or restore greater sage-grouse habitat by reducing, eliminating, or minimizing threats to that habitat. A Forest Service draft environmental impact statement is expected in November 2014, and the final environmental impact statement is expected in June 2015.
Public involvement is essential and a required part of the planning process. The scoping process guides development of the environmental impact statement by helping to identify the relevant issues. The scoping document is posted on the Dakota Prairie National Grasslands website. Comments can be submitted in writing to Dennis Neitzke, Grasslands Supervisor, 1200 Missouri Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58504. Comments may also be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or via facsimile to: 701–989–7299.
Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Environmental Impact Statement - The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management received a substantial amount of comments from our stakeholders, government entities, and tribes. Careful analysis of all substantive comments is ongoing and a Response to Comment Report will be included in the Final Environmental Impact Statement expected to be issued in the fall of 2014.