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 final environmental impact statement (FEIS) analyzing the effects of five alternatives for 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 final environmental impact statement was published in the Federal Register and a legal notice was published in the Laramie Boomerang on May 15, 2020, initiating the objection filing period for this project. A legal notice of objections filed was published in the Laramie Boomerang on July 24, 2020, initiating a 10-day period during which individuals or organizations with a particular interest in resolution of the objections may request to participate in objection resolution meetings (available under Analysis/Final Environmental Impact Statement below) As of June 3, 2020, the Reading Room is available to view public comments from the DEIS Comment Period (Oct 2019-Jan 2020) as well as objections. The Reading Room can be accessed with the link on the right side of this page. 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

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