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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 12/19/13
Contacts: Jessica Gardetto (208) 373-4060    

BLM Invites Public to Sage-Grouse Meetings


BOISE, ID – Beginning January 6, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are inviting the public to participate in public meetings to evaluate Greater Sage-Grouse conservation measures presented in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in land use plans throughout Idaho and Southwest Montana. 

The public meetings, in an open-house format, will be held in the following locations, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m.

Date
Location
Venue
1/6/14
Murphy, ID
Owyhee County Historical Museum
McKeeth Hall Community Center
17085 Basey St.
Murphy, ID 83650
1/7/14
Idaho Falls, ID
Guest House Inn & Suites Ballroom
850 Lindsay Boulevard
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
1/8/14
Salmon, ID
Salmon Valley Business & Innovation Center
Conference Room
803 Monroe St.
Salmon, ID 83467
1/9/14
Dillon, MT
University of Montana-Western
Lewis and Clark room
710 S. Atlantic St.
Dillon, MT 59725
1/13/14
Pocatello, ID
Clarion Inn
Madeira and Carnelian Rooms 1399 Bench Road
Pocatello, ID 83201
1/14/14
Twin Falls, ID
Canyon Springs Red Lion Inn Oak Room
1357 Blue Lakes Blvd. N.
Twin Falls, ID 83301
1/15/14
Boise, ID
Boise Hotel and Conference Center
Peregrine Room
3300 South Vista Ave.
Boise, ID 83705
 

A complete list of public meeting times and locations, along with information about the planning process and a link to the entire DEIS, can be found on the BLM’s Greater Sage-Grouse website at: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/nepa_register/sage-grouse_rmp_revision.html.

The public meetings are being held in conjunction with the 90-day public comment period announced by the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register for the two agencies’ release of the DEIS. The DEIS assesses the incorporation Greater Sage-Grouse conservation measures into land use plans and land management plans; it contains six different management alternatives, each designed to address Greater Sage-Grouse conservation within the Idaho and Southwestern Montana sub-region.   The Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register on November 1, 2013.
 

The 90-day public comment period provides the public an opportunity to comment on issues that should be addressed in the final EIS, which is expected to be released in the spring of 2014. The upcoming meetings provide the public an additional opportunity to talk to staff and resource specialists and to submit written comments on the DEIS in person. 

Based on ongoing threats to the Greater Sage-Grouse and its habitat throughout the West, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2015 deadline for making a decision whether to list the species under the Endangered Species Act, the BLM and the USFS plan to incorporate consistent objectives and conservation measures into all relevant plans by September 2014. 

To ensure that comments and information are fully considered, comments must be received by close of business on January 29, 2014. Due to the restricted time schedule of this planning effort, comments will not be received after January 29, 2014. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
1.      Web:
 http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/nepa_register/sage-grouse_rmp_revision.html 
2.      Email: blm_id_swmt_sagegrouse_eis@blm.gov
3.      Mail: BLM Idaho State Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise, ID 83709
Attn: Greater Sage-Grouse DEIS
 
For more about the BLM’s Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy, visit the following Website: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/nepa_register/sage-grouse_rmp_revision.html.


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.
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Last updated: 12-20-2013