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Greater Sage-Grouse Plan Amendments
The public scoping period under this Notice closed on December 1, 2017.   The Scoping Report is available in the Documents & Reports section of this website. 

Based on information received during scoping, the BLM undertook preparation of six environmental impact statements (EISs) that analyze amendments to the resource management plans (RMPs) adopted in 2015 to guide conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse habitat on BLM-managed public lands in California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. 

View the documents for the six EISs at the links below:

 

Oregon: https://goo.gl/4CNtH8

Colorado: https://goo.gl/kmLtwT 

Idaho: https://goo.gl/Jd8uVf 

Utah: https://goo.gl/o2AQWQ

Nevada/Northeastern California: https://goo.gl/uz89cT

Wyoming: https://goo.gl/22jKE2
 

Records of Decision (RODs) for the six plan amendments are available in the Documents & Reports section of each EIS website, linked above.

On October 11, 2017, the BLM issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) initiating a 45-day public scoping period for RMP amendment(s) with associated NEPA document(s).  Public scoping closed on December 1, 2017, and the Scoping Report is available in the Documents & Reports section of this website (LINK at left).

The BLM published the six Draft Environmental Impact Statements (DEISs) for Oregon, Nevada/Northeastern California, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming on May 4th, 2018. The comments on the DEISs are available in the Documents & Reports section of this website (LINK at left).

The BLM published Final Environmental Impact Statements (FEISs)/Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendments (PRMPAs) on December 7, 2018. After resolving Protests and responding to Governors Consistency Reviews, the BLM issued signed Records of Decision (RODs) on March 15, 2019.

 
 
 
 
Background

On June 7, 2017, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3353, “Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Cooperation with Western States.”  The Order’s aim is to improve sage grouse conservation by strengthening communication and collaboration between states and the federal government, with the shared goal of conserving and protecting sage grouse and its habitat while also ensuring that conservation efforts do not impede local economic opportunities. 

A Department of the Interior (DOI) Review Team with staff support from the BLM, USGS, USFWS and USFS worked with representatives of Western states – through the Western Governors' Association Sage Grouse Task Force – to develop a suite of recommendations for revisions to procedures, policies and management plans for sage grouse conservation, with preliminary indications of whether they could be implemented through clarification, policy, or training, or whether potential plan amendment processes should be considered. 


The Review Team submitted the “Report in Response to Secretarial Order 3353” to the Secretary on August 4, 2017.  The Secretary directed the BLM – in coordination with USFWS, USGS and other DOI offices – to begin immediately implementing the short- and long-term recommendations in the Report, and to continue collaborating with the states to engage with stakeholders to improve compatibility between the 2015 federal sage grouse plans and plans at the state level. 

Among the recommendations that would require a longer timeframe to implement were potential amendments to BLM and USFS land use plans.  Adopted in September 2015, these plans provided support for the USFWS finding that listing the Greater Sage-Grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was not warranted.  While the federal and state partners who prepared the Report affirmed their commitment to ensuring that there is no need to list the sage grouse under the ESA in the future, the review identified a number of measures in the 2015 plans which states felt could be modified to remove or reduce negative consequences to local economies without jeopardizing the not-warranted finding.