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50th Wilderness Anniversary

Photo of a lake surrounded by pines with a rocky shale mountain in the background. Photo of an area in the Cottonwood Wilderness on the Dixie National Forest Photo of an area in the Dark Canyon Wilderness on the Manti-La Sal National Forest Photo of an area in the Mount Timpanogos Wilderness on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest taken taken by Bruce Tremper. Photo of a mountain in the Sawtooth Wilderness on the Sawtooth National Forest


Wilderness: The Importance of Clean Water

Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Environmental Impact Statements

What’s New

Greater Sage-grouse Comment Periods Closed

Photo of a Greater Sage-grouse strutting.

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.

Next Steps

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.

Image of cover page for the DEIS Image of the Idaho and Southwestern Montana Draft Environmental Impact Statement Cover page for the Draft Nevada and Southwestern Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Environment Impact Stat Cover page for the Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Environment Impact Statement

Additional Information

Forest Service Begins Dakota Prairie Grasslands Greater Sage-grouse Effort

Photo of a grassy area with little sagebrush.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: comments-northern-dakota-prairie@fs.fed.us or via facsimile to: 701–989–7299.



Climate Change

Global climate change is altering forest and grassland ecosystems. These lands produce services such as water, clean air, wood products, recreation, wildlife habitats, etc.

Fishlake National Forest Pando Clone

The Pando Clone is an aspen stand encompassing approximately 106 acres on the Fishlake National Forest. This clone (based on DNA testing) is thought to be the largest organism in the world.


Power Line Projects

The Dixie National Forest is the lead forest for three power line projects that will potentially impact all Utah forests. The Forest Service is not the lead agency; BLM is the lead agency.

Forest to Faucets Program

The Forests to Faucets Project identifies areas that supply surface drinking water, have consumer demand for this water, and are facing significant development threats.


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