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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Northern California District
 
Release Date: 01/05/12
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332 , jfontana@blm.gov
News Release No. CA-N-12-16

Scoping Meetings Set in Alturas, Susanville on Sage Grouse Conservation


Susanville, Calif. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are holding scoping meetings in northeast California to provide an opportunity for anyone interested to help identify issues that should be addressed in environmental impact statements related to conservation of sage grouse habitat.

The meetings, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will be held as follows:
• Alturas, Wednesday, Jan. 18, Sacred Heart Church Parish Hall, 507 E. 4th St.
• Susanville, Thursday, Jan. 19, Jensen Hall, Lassen County Fairgrounds.

The scoping meetings are part of the process to develop environmental impact statements to evaluate greater sage-grouse conservation measures in land use plans in 10 Western states.  Following the scoping meetings, written comments will be accepted during a 60-day public comment period that ends Feb. 7, 2012.
The scoping meetings will follow an open house format. No formal presentations will be given, so participants may arrive at any time during the meeting.  

The BLM and the USFS have identified the following preliminary issues to address in the environmental analysis: greater sage-grouse habitat management, fluid minerals, coal mining, hard rock mining, mineral materials, rights-of-way, renewable energy development, wildfire, invasive species, grazing, off highway vehicle management and recreation.

Comments and requests to be added to the mailing list may be made to the BLM during the scoping meetings, by email: sagewest@blm.gov, or by mail: Western Region Project Manager, BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV  89502.
Additional information is available at the BLM’s greater sage-grouse website: www.blm.gov/sagegrouse.

Questions may be emailed to: sagequery@blm.gov.

Before including an address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in comments, participants should be aware that entire comments, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time.  While participants can ask that personal information be withheld, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

In March 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) ruled that listing the species for protection under the Endangered Species Act was “warranted but precluded.”  The FWS said that it had other, higher priority species it needed to address first, but that it would subsequently address the greater sage-grouse and determine if it needed to be listed at a later date.

In its finding, the FWS said the BLM and the USFS are not “fully implementing the regulatory mechanisms available” to ensure species conservation.  The BLM and the USFS are addressing the FWS concerns through the planning process.




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