2020 Thunder Basin National Grassland Plan Amendment

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The U.S. Forest Service, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) analyzing the effects of a proposed action and three alternatives to change prairie dog management on the Thunder Basin National Grassland, located in eastern Wyoming. The Forest Service proposes to amend prairie dog management direction in the Thunder Basin National Grassland land and resource management plan to provide a wider array of management options to respond to changing conditions, minimize prairie dog encroachment onto non-Federal lands, reduce resource conflicts related to prairie dog occupancy and livestock grazing, ensure continued conservation of at-risk species, and support ecological conditions that do not preclude reintroduction of the black-footed ferret. A notice of availability for the draft environmental impact statement was published in the Federal Register on October 11, 2019, starting a 90-day public comment period that will end on January 9, 2020. A public meeting will be held at the Converse County Library in Douglas WY on November 20,2019 at 5:30pm. A public online webinar will be held on November 21, 2019 at 11:00 am. Login information is posted under Analysis documents below. Contact Monique Nelson at monique.nelson@usda.gov for more information.

Location Summary

This plan amendment will focus on prairie dog management and could change management across the Thunder Basin National Grassland.

District: Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District

Project Documents