The public scoping period ended on March 23, 2012. The Scoping Report is available on the Documents & Reports page of this Web site.
The Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Draft EIS was available for a 90-day review and comment period which ended on January 29, 2014. Input received during the 90-day review and comment period was used for the preparation of the Proposed Plan and Final EIS.
The Draft EIS is accessible through the "Documents & Reports" link on the left side of this website.
This Proposed LUPA/FEIS has been developed in accordance with the National Environmental
Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as
amended, and the National Forest Management Act of 1976, as amended. The Proposed LUPA
is largely based on Alternative D, the preferred alternative in the Draft LUPA/DEIS, which was
released on November 1, 2013. The Proposed LUPA/FEIS contains the Proposed Plan, a
summary of changes made between the Draft LUPA/DEIS and Proposed LUPA/FEIS, impacts
of the Proposed Plan, a summary of the written and verbal comments received during the public
review period for the Draft LUPA/DEIS, and responses to the comments.
In accordance with 36 C.F.R. § 219.59, the Forest Service will waive their objection procedures
of this subpart and instead adopt the BLM’s protest procedures outlined in 43 C.F.R. § 1610.5-2.
Pursuant to BLM’s planning regulations at 43 CFR 1610.5-2, any person who participated in the
planning process for this Proposed LUPA and has an interest which is or may be adversely
affected by the planning decisions may protest approval of the planning decisions within 30 days
from date the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes the Notice of Availability of
the FEIS in the Federal Register.
For further information on filing a protest, please see the protest regulations in the “Documents
and Reports” link on the left side of this website. The regulations specify the required elements
of your protest. Take care to document all relevant facts. As much as possible, reference or cite
the planning documents or available planning records (e.g. meeting minutes or summaries,
Emailed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides
the original letter by either regular mail or overnight delivery postmarked by the close of the
protest period. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the emailed protest as an advance
copy and will afford it full consideration. If you wish to provide the BLM with such advance
notification, please direct emailed protests to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All protests must be in writing and mailed to one of the following addresses:
Attn: Protest Coordinator
P.O. Box 71383
Washington, D.C. 20024-1383
Attn: Protest Coordinator
20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM
Washington, D.C. 20003
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying
information in your protest, be advised that your entire protest – including your personal
identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in
your protest to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot
guarantee that we will be able to do so.
The BLM Director, in agreement with the responsible official for the Forest Service, will make
every attempt to promptly render a decision on each protest. The decision will be in writing and
will be sent to the protesting party by certified mail, return receipt requested. The decision of the
BLM Director shall be the final decision of the Department of the Interior on each protest.
Responses to protest issues will be compiled and formalized in a Director’s Protest Resolution
Report made available following issuance of the decisions.
Upon resolution of all land use plan amendment protests, the BLM and Forest Service will issue
an Approved LUPA and Record of Decision (ROD). The Approved LUPA and ROD will be
mailed or made available electronically to all who participated in the planning process and will
be available on the BLM website at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse.html,
and the Forest Service website at
Record Of Decision/Approved Plan
A Record of Decision will be signed approving the land use plan amendments for Nevada and Northeastern California, which will complete the process and incorporate the new planning decisions into the respective RMPs. These decisions are expected to be final by late summer 2015.
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