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The BLM will further identify issues during the scoping process and hopes to have robust input from all stakeholders.  

 
 
 
 
Background information

On March 31, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada held that the BLM violated NEPA by failing to prepare a supplemental EIS for the designation of Sagebrush Focal Areas (SFA) in the Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse RMP Amendment in Nevada. The court directed the BLM to prepare a supplemental EIS to address SFAs in Nevada.  In order to copmly with the court's order and to address issues raised by various interested parties, the BLM intends to consider the possibility of amending some, all, or none of the BLM land use plans that were amended or revised in 2014 and 2015 regarding Greater Sage-Grouse conservation in the states of California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Montana ("2015 Sage-Grouse Plans").

In addition, as part of this planning process, the BLM seeks comment on the SFA designation, mitigation standards, lek buffers in all habitat management area types, disturbances and density caps, habitat boundaries to reflect new information, and reversing adaptive managemetn responses when the BLM determines that resource conditions no longer warrant those responses.  The BLM also seeks comment on State-specific issues, such as the need for General Habitat Management Areas in Utah, and other issues identified by State, tribal, and local governments.  The BLM alos seeks input on planning criteria, which include compliance with laws and regulations and adequacy of Greater Sage-Grouse conservation measures in the land use plans.  Any RMP amendment(s) with associated NEPA document(s) - EISs or EAs - developed will be completed in compliance with NEPA and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended.