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Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement Available for Public Review 


The 90-day public comment period for Draft Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), initiated by publication of a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on November 1, 2013, will end on January 29, 2014. For your convenience, the Draft EIS/LUPA is available for download by volume or by chapter. Paper copies are available for public review at Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (FS) offices throughout the planning area. Inquire at the front desk of an office to review copies in the office’s public room.

Download Draft LUPA/EIS Files Here 

Scoping Report Materials Download (.zip)

 


The BLM encourages interested parties to participate in the Draft LUPA/EIS by attending informational open houses, reading publication materials, and submitting comments. Comments that are most useful provide the BLM with feedback concerning the adequacy and accuracy of the proposed alternatives and the analysis. Comments should be as specific as possible and include suggested changes, sources, methodologies and references a section or page number. Comments containing only opinion or preferences will be considered and included as part of the decision-making process; however, they will not receive a formal response. To facilitate analysis of comments and information submitted, electronic comments are encouraged.

Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. The BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety. 

Comments may be submitted electronically by email to:  blm_UT_comments@blm.gov.

Comments may also be submitted by mail to:    BLM/FS Greater Sage-Grouse EIS
                                                                           Attn: Quincy Bahr
                                                                           440 West 200 South, Suite 500
                                                                           Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1345

In conjunction with the public comment period, eight information open houses will be held to answer questions about the project. All meetings will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  The BLM encourages attendance at one or more of the following open houses:

Information Open Houses
Nov. 19 - Richfield, UT Snow College Richfield Campus
800 West 200 South
Richfield, UT 84701
Nov. 20 - Cedar City, UT
Heritage Center-Festival Hall
105 North 100 East
Cedar City, UT 84720
Nov. 21 - Panguitch, UT
Panguitch City Library Conference Room
25 South 200 East
Panguitch, UT 84759

Dec. 4 - Vernal, UT
Vernal City Office
Community Room
374 East Main Street
Vernal, UT 84078

    
Dec. 5 - Price, UT
Carbon County Event Center
310 South Fairgrounds Rd
Price, UT 84501
Dec. 10 - Salt Lake City, UT
Downtown library, Conference Room 4
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City UT 84111
Dec. 11 - Randolph, UT
Randolph Senior Center Gymnasium
5 North Main Steet
Randolph, UT 84064
Dec. 12 - Snowville, UT
Snowville Elementary School, Gymnasium
160 North Stone Road, Snowville, UT 84336

Sage-Grouse IconProject Summary 


This Draft Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been prepared by the BLM and FS with input from 26 cooperating agencies. This document considers amendments to 14 BLM and six Forest Service land use plans to address management of Greater Sage-Grouse habitat in Utah and portions of Wyoming. The Draft LUPA/EIS describes and analyzes five alternatives for managing Greater Sage-Grouse habitat on approximately 3.3 million acresof BLM-administered and National Forest System lands and approximately 0.7 million acres of BLM-administered subsurface federal mineral estate beneath non-federal surface ownership. The alternatives present a range of management actions to achieve the goal of Greater Sage-Grouse conservation. Major planning 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 socioeconomics.


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For more information on the BLM's sage-grouse planning efforts, please email us at sagequery@blm.gov