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Sub-regional Sage-grouse Planning

   Land-Use Plan Revision

Based on ongoing threats to the Greater Sage-Grouse and its habitat throughout the West, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s schedule for making a decision whether to list the species under the Endangered Species Act, the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service have begun to revise land-use plans (LUPs) for lands that include sage-grouse habitat to incorporate consistent objectives and conservation measures into all relevant plans by September 2014. 

Public comments help identify issues that should be addressed in the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) that will analyze the LUP revisions. 

A 90 day comment period opened November 1, 2013, when the Draft EIS was released for public review. The public comment period ended January 29, 2014. Due to the restricted time schedule of this planning effort, the BLM cannot accept comments submitted after the January 29 deadline.-How to comment-  

The BLM and Forest Service are currently working with our cooperating agencies to develop the Final Environmental Impact Statement and subsequent Land Use Plan Amendments. The document will be released for public review in late summer/early fall of 2014.

 Please submit your comments or questions to blm_id_swmt_sagegrouse_eis@blm.gov .

READ about best available science and the scientific reports BLM is using to amend land use plans all across the West.



News and Information 

 

News

BLM Invites Public to Sage-Grouse Meetings

BLM Releases Draft Idaho and Southwestern Montana Sub-Regional Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement

Read the DEIS

::LINK:: The Idaho and Southwestern Montana Sub-regional Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Environmental Impact Statement 

*Available at 12:00 a.m. November 1*

Read the Federal Register Notice

Federal Register Notice of Availability November 1, 2013

Comment on the DEISView our BLM EIS/Planning Comment Guide
Submit your comments by:

emailblm_id_swmt_sagegrouse_eis@blm.gov

 

fax: 208-373-3805

 

mail: BLM-Greater Sage Grouse EIS, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise ID 83709

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 
 

Draft Environmental Impact Statement Public Meetings Schedule

**ALL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD FROM 5:30 - 7:30 P.M. MST**

DATE
LOCATION
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
1/9/14Dillon, MT: University of Montana-Western, room TBD, 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, Conference Center – Peregrine Room, 3300 South Vista Ave., Boise, ID 83705

 


 

 


Planning Timeline

 

Action

Date

December 2011

Notice of Intent published in the Federal Register

December 2011 to February 2012 60-Day Scoping Period
January-February 2012Public Scoping Meetings throughout Idaho
June 19, 2012
Public Socio-Economic Workshop
June 2012Idaho Governor’s Office submits Governor’s Task Force Alternative
Summer 2013
First Cooperating Agency/Tribal review of alternatives
November 1, 2013Release Draft EIS for first public review; 90-Day public comment period
 
Scheduled Public Meetings:
January 6, 2014
January 7, 2014
January 8, 2014
January 9, 2014
January 13, 2014
January 14, 2014
January 15, 2014

*Meeting venues to be announced*


Murphy, ID
Idaho Falls, ID
Salmon, ID
Dillon, MT
Pocatello, ID
Twin Falls, ID
Boise, ID

Summer/Fall 2014Publish Final EIS & Proposed RMP Amendments
Fall 2014Issue Record of Decision & approved Resource Management Plan amendments




Links

BLM-Idaho sage-grouse conservation homepage

Learn & Discover :: Greater Sage-Grouse for kids

BLM partners | Idaho Governor's Sage-Grouse Task Force

Sage-grouse Local Working Groups and their conservation efforts

BLM Fire and Aviation :: Protecting sage-grouse habitat from unwanted wildfires

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

National BLM Sage-Grouse Planning website



Documents and Resources 

::Download a PDF about the DEIS::

Preliminary Priority Sage-Grouse Habitat Maps

Idaho and Southwestern Montana Draft Environmental Impact Statement Habitat Maps

PPH Map

Alternative D Habitat Map

Alternative D map

Click above for the latest Preliminary Priority Habitat and Preliminary General Habitat areas in Idaho.   This map includes important sagebrush areas, as well as perennial grassland and conifer encroachment areas that are a priority for restoration.

Click above for the sage-grouse habitat map provided by the Idaho and Southwestern Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Environmental Impact Statement. This map reflects habitat designations within Alternative D, one of the co-preferred alternatives for the Idaho and Southwestern Montana sub-region.

PPH Map

 

Alternative E Habitat Map


Alternative E sage-grouse habitat map

Click above for the latest Preliminary Priority Habitat and Preliminary General Habitat areas in Idaho, without the separation of perennial grassland and conifer encroachment areas that are a priority for restoration. 

:: Read the white paper about the Priority and General habitat mapping process

Click above for the sage-grouse habitat map provided by the Idaho and Southwestern Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Environmental Impact Statement. This map reflects habitat designations within Alternative E, one of the co-preferred alternatives for the Idaho and Southwestern Montana sub-region.

 
References used in creating the Draft Environmental Impact Statement:

USGS Baseline Environmental Report  

Public scoping report

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Conservation Objectives Report

National Greater Sage-Grouse Technical Team Report

:: Federal Register Notice of Intent | Dec. 9, 2011

:: BLM policy Memorandum directing sage-grouse planning | Dec. 27, 2011 

 

Public Meeting Materials
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Scoping Materials used in creating the Draft Environmental Impact Statement

 
            Purpose and Need
            Sage-Grouse Biology and Habitat
            Conservation
            BLM's Planning Process
            Preliminary Planning Criteria
            Preliminary Planning Issues
            Threats
           
 
 
        Scoping Maps
 
            Energy 
            Grazing Allotments
            Preliminary Priority Habitat
            Recent Wildfires
            Recreation
            Sage-Grouse Working Groups
            Special Designations
            Vegetation 
            Rangewide Breeding Bird Density
            Planning Boundaries
           

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Last updated: 04-16-2014