Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement Available for Public Review
The Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is now available. The Environmental Protection Agency published a Notice of Availability of the FEIS in the Federal Register on May 29, 2015. For your convenience, volumes and chapters from the Proposed LUPA/FEIS can be downloaded below. Paper copies are available for review at BLM and Forest Service offices throughout Utah.
Download Proposed LUPA/FEIS Files Here
Pursuant to BLM’s planning regulations at 43 CFR 1610.5-2, any person who participated in the planning process and has an interest which is or may be adversely affected by the amendment of a land use plan may protest such amendment within 30 days from the date a notice is published in the Federal Register. Please review the 43 CFR 1610.5-2 regulations for required elements of a protest.
Emailed protests will not be accepted as valid unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular mail or overnight delivery postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the emailed protest as an advance copy and will afford it full consideration. If you wish to provide the BLM with such advance notification, please direct email protests to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All protests must be in writing and mailed to one of the following addresses:
Regular Mail: Overnight Delivery:
Director (210) Director (210)
Attn: Protest Coordinator Attn: Protest Coordinator
P.O. Box 71383 20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM
Washington, D.C. 20024-1383 Washington, D.C. 20003
In accordance with 36 CFR 219.59, the Forest Service is waiving their objection procedures of this subpart and instead adopting the BLM’s protest procedures.
The BLM Director, in agreement with the responsible official for the Forest Service, will make every attempt to promptly render a decision on each protest. The decision will be in writing and will be sent to the protesting party by certified mail, return receipt requested. The decision of the BLM Director shall be the final decision of the Department of the Interior on each protest. Responses to protest issues will be compiled and formalized in a Director’s Protest Resolution Report made available following issuance of the decisions.
Upon resolution of all land use plan amendment protests, the BLM and Forest Service will issue an Approved LUPA and Record of Decision (ROD). The Approved LUPA and ROD will be mailed or made available electronically to all who participated in the planning process and will be available on the BLM and Forest Service websites.
The Land Use Plan Amendment and EIS have been prepared by the BLM and Forest Service in consultation with 28 cooperating agencies and takes into account public comments received during the planning process. The EIS considers amending 14 BLM and six Forest Service land use plans. It considers and analyzes six alternatives for managing Greater Sage-Grouse habitat on approximately 3.4 million acres of BLM-administered and National Forest System lands in Utah and portions southwestern Wyoming and approximately 0.7 million acres of BLM-administered subsurface federal mineral estate beneath non-federal surface ownership in Utah. The alternatives present a range of management actions to achieve the goal of Greater Sage-Grouse conservation. Major resource issues addressed include energy and minerals, lands and realty (including rights-of-way), wildfire, vegetation management (including invasive species and conifer encroachment), livestock grazing, recreation and travel management, and socio-economics.