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Contact(s): John Shivik

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will hold a public meeting in Challis on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for its Sage-Grouse Plan Amendments.  On Oct. 5, 2018, the USDA Forest Service published a Notice of Availability (NOA) announcing the release of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a proposed amendment to respective Forest Plans (formally the Land and Resource Management Plan) for greater sage-grouse.  Upon completing the analysis the Regional Foresters would sign a decision that would amend each Forests’ Forest Plan within five western states: Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah.  The purpose of the proposed changes is to improve the clarity, efficiency, and implementation of the 2015 Greater Sage-grouse Forest Plan Amendment, including promoting landscape-scale alignment with state efforts.

The USFS encourages the public to attend the DEIS public comment open house meetings in Challis on December 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Challis Community Center located at 411 Clinic Road. 

Several information stations will be located within the meeting venue that will present information on key issues, the planning process and the public commenting process.  Forest Service staff will give a short introduction at 5:30 p.m.  Attendees can learn about the amendment comment process, ask questions, and provide comments on the actions being considered.

To read and comment on the Sage-Grouse Forest Plan Amendment DEIS please visit the Forest Service Intermountain Region webpage: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r4/home/?cid=stelprd3843381.  For more information on the sage-grouse plan amendment, please contact: Sandra Underhill, Capitol City Coordinator at 307-777-6087 or John Shivik, National Sage grouse Coordinator at 801-625-5667 or johnashivik@fs.fed.us.

The Salmon-Challis National Forest began an effort to revise our existing management plans in January of 2017.  With that effort there several processes that run concurrently, in accordance with the 2012 Planning Rule: Wilderness Inventory & Evaluation, Wild & Scenic Rivers Inventory & Eligibility, and Species of Conservation Concern.  The Salmon-Challis Forest Plan Revision is independent of this Greater Sage-grouse Plan Amendment upon which this Challis meeting will be focused.  Information on the Forest Plan Revision and its concurrent processes can be found on our website at http://bit.ly/wsresfpr or by calling team leader Josh Milligan at 208-756-5100.


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