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Release Date: 07/22/13
Contacts: Heather Tiel-Nelson (208) 736-2352    

BLM Seeks Public Input on Craters of the Moon National Monument Resource Management Plan Amendment

SHOSHONE, ID – Today the Shoshone Field Office announced the opening of its public scoping process as staff set out to prepare a land use plan amendment (Plan Amendment) with an associated environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve (Craters of the Moon). The scoping process is specifically designed to solicit public input and identify issues as they relate to the management of livestock grazing in Craters of the Moon.
The BLM has scheduled four meetings for the public to view information about the proposed project and offer comments. The meetings will each begin at 6 p.m. in the following Idaho locations:
·         July 30, 2013, Rupert City Hall, 624 F Street, Rupert
·         August 1, 2013, Carey City Council, 20482 North Main Street, Carey
·         August 6, 2013, Arco/Butte Business Incubator, 159 N. Idaho Street, Arco
·         August 9, 2013, American Falls District Library, 300 Roosevelt Street, American Falls
The planning area is located in south-central Idaho and encompasses approximately 750,000 acres of BLM and National Park Service (NPS) managed lands in Craters of the Moon. On November 20, 2012, the U.S. District Court of Idaho ordered the BLM to complete a Plan Amendment with an associated EIS for the Craters of the Moon Management Plan to analyze a no-grazing alternative and reduced grazing alternative(s) for BLM-managed lands in Craters of the Moon. The Plan Amendment and EIS will incorporate livestock grazing management measures for sage-grouse conservation from the BLM’s Idaho and Southwestern Montana Sub-Regional Greater Sage-Grouse EIS/Resource Management Plan Amendment process.
“The scope of this Plan Amendment is narrow as we will focus our analysis on alternatives for livestock grazing, including reduced or no grazing alternatives. The input from our partners, communities and permittees is going to be vitally important as we work through this process,” said Holly Crawford, BLM Craters of the Moon National Monument Manager. 
Where existing planning decisions are still valid, those decisions will remain unchanged, and new planning decisions as a result of this Plan Amendment process will be incorporated into the Craters of the Moon Management Plan. Grazing is not permitted on NPS-managed lands. Grazing decisions as a result of this Plan Amendment apply strictly to BLM-managed lands within the Craters of the Moon.    
Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Shoshone Field Office or online at Comments on issues and planning criteria related to the Craters of the Moon Plan Amendment may be submitted by any of the following methods:
·   Web site:
· email:
· fax: 208-732-7317
· mail: 400 West F Street, Shoshone, Idaho 83352
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask BLM in your comment to withhold from public review of your personal identifying information, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.
To be most helpful, please submit comments by the close of business on August 23, 2013. For additional information, please contact Holly Crawford at (208) 732-7288.

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 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 10-31-2013