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May 16, 2008

  Lesley A. Collins

BLM BFO Hosts Informational Meeting
 on Sage-Grouse Management

On May 28, 2008, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office (BFO) is hosting an informational meeting on sage-grouse management at the Historic Bozeman Crossing Conference Center in Buffalo, Wyo.

BLM is proposing to prepare an amendment to the 1985 Resource Management Plan (RMP). We have reviewed new information from recent inventories and scientific studies which indicate that BLM’s current planning decisions in the Powder River Basin may not be sufficient to prevent the greater sage-grouse from becoming listed under the Endangered Species Act.

As part of the RMP amendment process BLM is required to determine what management actions are appropriate during the preparation of the amendment. This is necessary to preserve the BLM’s decision space during the analysis process - in other words, we cannot permit actions on an interim basis that would compromise the implementation of the alternatives that result from the plan amendment process. The BLM is developing an interim management strategy which considers all seasonal habitat requirements in areas large enough to meet the landscape scale requirements of the greater sage-grouse. BLM will present its preliminary interim sage-grouse management strategy at the meeting.

The meeting will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Bozeman Crossing Conference Center located at 655 Hart Street. BLM will begin with a presentation on the proposed RMP amendment and preliminary interim management strategy. Following the presentation BLM staff will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information contact Tom Bills at (307) 684-1133.

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