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Public Meeting Schedule:   https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/mtg-calendar2.pdf  

The public comment period for the Idaho Greater Sage-Grouse RMP Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement will open on Friday, May 4th, 2018. To submit a comment, please click on "Documents & Reports" at left, then click on "Comment on Document" next to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). A new window will open that will guide you through the commenting process. Comments must be submitted on or before August 2, 2018, or 15 days after the last public meeting is held, whichever is last.

The national project website is located at: https://goo.gl/7wdKmM.  

Draft Environmental Impact Statements (DEISs)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Department of the Interior (DOI) worked closely with western governors charged with managing Greater Sage-Grouse to determine whether some, none or all of the 2015 land-use plans should be amended.  After carefully considering the governors’ suggestions and comments, the BLM proposes amending the Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan Amendment Environment Impact Statement.  The DEISs for amending the 2015 Greater Sage-Grouse plans became available to the public on May 4, after the Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register. This action is proposed to enhance cooperation and improve alignment with state plans or management strategies and contains two alternatives: No Action and Management Alignment Alternative. The Management Alignment Alternative is the preferred alternative.  The amendment process does not replace the 2015 plans, but instead builds upon them to improve management alignment in ways that will increase flexibility, maintain access to public resources and promote conservation outcomes

Why the Amendments are Needed
The BLM has had almost three years of experience with the new plans and have observed what is working and what is not.  It is now time to make adjustments.  The BLM has received a great deal of feedback from states and other partners about on-the-ground impacts and outcomes and aims to be respectful of their concerns.  It is important that the BLM, which manages the habitat, and the states, which manage the populations, have management plans that align with each other.

Secretarial Order (SO) 3353 and Plan Amendments
SO 3353 directed DOI agencies “to enhance cooperation” between DOI and eleven western states “in the management and conservation of the Greater Sage-Grouse and its habitat.”  SO 3353 resulted, in part, from requests from western states for improved collaboration with Federal agencies.
Public Comment
Publication of the DEISs started a 90-day comment period, which will end on August 2, 2018, or 15 days after the last public meeting is held, whichever occurs last.  Comments may be submitted by  using this website and by following instructions in the DEIS and the Notice of Availability.

Public Meetings

Schedule:   https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/mtg-calendar2.pdf  

Information Contact
Jonathan Beck
(208) 373-3841

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