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Issues 
Background
In March 2010, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) determined that listing the Greater Sage-Grouse as a threatened or endangered species was "warranted, but precluded" and determined that current and potential threats to Greater Sage-Grouse habitat and inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms pose "a significant threat to the Greater Sage-Grouse now and in the foreseeable future".

The Lewistown Greater Sage-Grouse Draft EIS is one of 15 separate EISs that are being conducted as part of the BLM's west-wide National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Effort, to provide additional measures into RMPs to maintain and increase Greater Sage-Grouse habitat on public lands.
 
 
 
The key issues that have been identified for the Lewistown Field Office Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment were developed from comments received during public scoping that was completed from December 9, 2011 – March 23, 2012 and through the identification of threats to the Greater Sage-Grouse populations found within the Lewistown Field Office (LFO). The Conservation Objectives Team (COT) Report (The COT report can be found by cliking on Documents & Reports to the left) that was published by the United States Geological Survey in March of 2013 identified the treats to the GRSG populations within the LFO. The key issues are listed below:

Agricultural Conversion
Drought and Climate Change
Energy and Mineral Development
Fire and Fuels Management
Fish and Wildlife
Grazing
Realty and Infrastructure
Recreation and Travel Management
Special Management Areas
Social and Economic Concerns
Vegetation Management