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Nevada State Office
Release Date: 08/10/12
Contacts: JoLynn Worley , 775-861-6515 ,
News Release No. NSO 2012-36

BLM Issues Guidance on Tracking Activities Proposed in Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat

Reno, Nev.—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada has issued directions for tracking proposed activities on public lands within Greater Sage-Grouse habitat.  The directions clarify BLM Nevada policy on activities in Greater Sage-Grouse habitat for BLM staff and public land users, and incorporates new habitat maps prepared by the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service that were coordinated with the Nevada Department of Wildlife. 
The BLM also may adopt a strategy developed by the Governor’s Greater Sage-Grouse Advisory Committee with the concurrence of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the Strategic Plan for Conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse in Nevada provides an appropriate regulatory mechanism for conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse. 
The goal of the Nevada IM is to streamline the tracking and reporting process of any proposed surface and population disturbing discretionary activities that occur within Greater Sage-Grouse Preliminary Priority Habitat and Preliminary General Habitat mapped areas are in compliance with the BLM’s national interim direction. 
The current direction is issued in an Instructional Memorandum (IM) that is publically available on the BLM Nevada website at:
The report form issued with the Nevada IM also requires documentation of coordination with the Nevada Department of Wildlife regarding the potential effects of proposed activities on Greater Sage-Grouse habitat.  Typical proposed activities for permitting or authorization include rights-of-way, mineral leases, habitat restoration, grazing permit renewals, and fuels projects.           

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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