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Twin Falls BLM
Release Date: 09/01/11
Contacts: Heather Tiel-Nelson (208) 736-2352    

BLM Announces Intent to draft Environmental Impact Statement

BURLEY, ID - The BLM Burley Field Office intends to prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for grazing permit renewals in the Shoshone Basin area. Today’s opening of the public scoping process began a 30-day public comment period.
The EIS will explore the relationship of grazing to significant impacts to sage-grouse from wildfires and large energy projects that are reasonably foreseeable in the Browns Bench/Shoshone Basin area.
The planning area, located in Twin Falls County, encompasses approximately 125,800 acres of public land. The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the EIS.
The BLM plans to hold informational, open house meetings during the comment period. Dates, times and locations for these meetings will be announced in the local media and newsletters, and posted on the project website: Written comments will also be accepted at the public meetings. To be most helpful, comments should be received by the Burley Field Office by September 30, 2011.
You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria related to the Shoshone Basin Grazing Permit Renewal by any of the following methods:
·           Web site:
·           email:
·           fax: 208-677-6699
·           mail: 15 East 200 South, Burley, Idaho 83318
For more information, please contact: Scott Sayer, Natural Resource Specialist at 208-677-6630.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 10-31-2013