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The BLM and Forest Service enacted a multi-step issue identification process for the EISs. The process began with internal scoping between the BLM and Forest Service to develop the initial purpose of and need for the Land Use Plan Amendments. Internal scoping also highlighted anticipated planning issues, management concerns, and preliminary planning criteria. In addition, the BLM and Forest Service solicited comments from the public during the scoping period and engaged tribes and cooperating agencies. Information accepted during internal and external scoping was compiled to develop discrete planning issue statements that are presented in the table below.

Planning issue statements presented below are intended to reflect the main issues brought forward by public commenters. Due to the diverse interests and priorities of commenters, issues statements reflect a balance between greater sage-grouse habitat protection and multiple land use. The issue statements are preliminary and are based on the information received to date. 

 

Table 3-1
Planning Issue Categories and Statements

 

Planning Issue Category

Planning Issue Statement

USFWS Threats to Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat

1.

Greater Sage-Grouse and Sage-Grouse Habitat

How would the BLM and Forest Service use the best available science to designate preliminary priority habitat, preliminary general habitat and non-habitat categories and accurately monitor the impact of land uses on greater sage-grouse?

All

2.

Energy and Mineral Development

How would energy and mineral development, including renewable energy, be managed to within greater sage-grouse habitat while recognizing valid existing rights?

Energy-Mining

 

Energy-nonrenewable energy sources

 

Energy-renewable energy sources

 

Energy- transmission corridors

3.

Livestock Grazing

What measures would the BLM and Forest Service put in place to protect and improve greater sage-grouse habitat while maintaining grazing privileges?

Grazing-livestock

 

Infrastructure-fences

 

 

4.

Vegetation Management

How would the BLM and Forest Service conserve, enhance, or restore greater sage-grouse habitat such as sagebrush communities and minimize or prevent the introduction or spread of noxious weeds and invasive species?

Pinyon-juniper encroachment

 

Invasive plants (annual grasses and other noxious weeds)

5.

Fish and Wildlife

What measures would be put in place to manage habitat for other wildlife species and reduce conflicts with greater sage-grouse?

Grazing-wild ungulate herbivory

6.

Lands and Realty

What opportunities exist to adjust public land ownership that would increase management efficiency for greater sage-grouse and -sage-grouse habitat?

Urbanization

 

Habitat conversion for agriculture

 

Infrastructure- communication towers, power lines, transmission corridors

7.

Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice Considerations

How could the BLM and Forest Service promote or maintain activities that provide social and economic benefit to local communities while providing protection for greater sage-grouse habitat?

All

8.

Recreation and Travel Management

How would motorized, non-motorized, and mechanized travel be managed to provide access to federal lands and a variety of recreation opportunities while protecting greater sage-grouse and sage-grouse habitat?

Infrastructure-roads

9.

Fire Management

What measures should be undertaken to manage fuels and wildland fires, while protecting greater sage-grouse habitat?

Fire

10.

Special Management Areas

What special management areas would be designated by the BLM or Forest Service to benefit the conservation, enhancement, and restoration of greater sage-grouse and sage-grouse habitat?

All

11.

Water and Soil

How would the BLM and Forest Service protect water and soil resources in order to benefit greater sage-grouse habitat?

Grazing - livestock

12.

Drought Management / Climate Change

How would the BLM and Forest Service incorporate the analysis of the impacts of a changing climate on greater sage-grouse habitat?

Climate change

13.

Wild Horse and Burros

What measures would the BLM and Forest Service put in place to to reduce the impacts of wild horses and burros on greater sage-grouse habitat?

Grazing- Wild horse and burros