Sage-Grouse Task Forces
Multiple states have established special task forces modeled after Wyoming’s successful efforts to address specific sage-grouse conservation needs. You can find out more about the efforts in Idaho by following this link.
The BLM completed public scoping on March 23, 2012, for its unprecedented effort to amend as many as 98 of its Resource Management Plans. The U.S. Forest Service has joined in this effort and is working to amend as many as nineteen of its Land and Resource Management Plans for National Forest lands with sage- grouse habitat. These efforts are focused on providing the regulatory certainty necessary to ensure greater sage-grouse conservation.
During the scoping period, the agencies held nearly 40 scoping meetings throughout the 10 western states with greater sage-grouse populations. The public submitted more than 15,000 comments during the process. The two agencies are currently reviewing all of the public input it received during the scoping period. We aim to have a scoping report, which summarizes the public input as succinctly as possible, ready by the end of June 2012. It will be posted to the Documents and Resources section of this website when it is available. A summary timeline of the entire BLM effort is available by clicking this link.
The BLM and the Forest Service aim to incorporate conservation measures into all of their affected Land Management Plans by September 2014 in order to make the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) court-ordered 2015 deadline for making an Endangered Species Act listing decision on this species.
Details of the public participation process from the scoping period appear below.
Public Scoping Period
The public scoping period for the Great Basin Region Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy began with the publication of the Notice of Intent in the Federal Register on December 9, 2011, and will last until February 7, 2012.
Twenty six scoping meetings will be held across the Great Basin Region. Scoping meetings will allow attendees the opportunity to review posters and other informational materials, talk with project team members, and submit comments on the project. You can download a package of materials prepared for the Great Basin scoping meetings by clicking this link. Each meeting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm, unless noted, and will be located in the following cities on the following dates (specific locations will be announced later):
| January 9|| Tonopah, NV|| Tonopah Convention Center|| 301 Brougher Ave.|
| January 9|| Boise, ID|| Red Lion Boise Hotel|| 1800 Fairview Ave.|
| January 10, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.|| Ely, NV|| Ely District BLM Office|| 702 N. Industrial Way|
| January 10|| Idaho Falls, ID|| Red Lion Hotel|| 475 River Parkway|
| January 11|| Elko, NV|| Hilton Garden Inn|| 3650 Idaho St.|
| January 11|| Salmon, ID|| Salmon Valley Business & Innovation Center|| 803 Monroe St.|
| January 12, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.|| Dillon, MT|| National Guard Armory|| 1050 MT Hwy 41|
| January 12|| Winnemucca, NV|| Winnemucca Inn|| 741 W. Winnemucca Blvd.|
| January 17|| Lakeview, OR|| BLM Lakeview District Office|| 1301 South G St|
| January 17|| Price, UT || Carbon County Event Center|| 310 S. Fairgrounds Rd.|
| January 18|| Vernal, UT|| Western Park Convention Center|| 300 E, 200 South|
| January 18|| Alturas, CA|| Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish Hall|| 507 E. 4th St.|
| January 19||Susanville, CA|| Jensen Hall|| Lassen County Fairgrounds|
| January 19|| Salt Lake City, UT|| Hampton Inn & Suites|| 307 N. Admiral Byrd Rd.|
| January 23|| Ontario, OR|| Four Rivers Cultural Center|| 676 SW 5th Ave.|
| January 23|| Randolph, UT|| Randolph Senior Center|| 5 North Main St.|
| January 24|| Baker City, OR|| Baker County Library|| 2400 Resort St.|
| January 24|| Snowville, UT|| Snowville Town Hall|| 20 W. Main St.|
| January 25|| Burns, OR|| Harney County Senior Center|| 17 S. Alder Ave.|
| January 25|| Twin Falls, ID|| Canyon Springs Red Lion Inn|| 1357 Blue Lakes Blvd.|
| January 26|| Prineville, OR|| Stafford Inn|| 1773 NE Third St.|
| January 26|| Pocatello, ID|| The Clarion|| 1399 Pocatello Bench Road|
| January 30|| Reno, NV|| Hyatt Place|| 1790 E. Plumb Lane|
| January 30|| Richfield, UT|| Sevier County Clerks Room #B46 Auditorium|| 250 N. Main Ave.|
| January 31|| Kanab, UT|| Kane City Library|| 374 N. Main St.|
| February 1|| Cedar City, UT|| Heritage Center - Festival Hall|| 105 North, 100 East|
The public may submit comments, request additional information, or request to be put on the mailing list by sending such information to the BLM Nevada State Office, Attn: Lauren Mermejo, Bureau of Land Management, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV 89502, or by submitting comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments are important to us as they may provide us with valuable information and data useful in our decision-making process that may have been overlooked. Please refer to the for detailed information on how to provide helpful public comments.
In order to be included in the Draft EIS, all comments must be received by the BLM by the close of business on March 23, 2012.
Aside from submitting comments at one of the scoping meetings, comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
Bureau of Land Management
Attn: Brian Amme
1340 Financial Blvd
Reno, NV 89502
FAX: (775) 861-6747