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The BLM has published a Final EIS and Proposed RMP Amendments using the comments received, initiating a Protest period starting December 7, 2018, and closing on January 15, 2019. Details on filing a protest are available on the BLM website <https://www.blm.gov/programs/planning-and-nepa/public-participation/filing-a-plan-protest >.   The Final EIS and protest submission can be found by clicking “Documents & Reports” on the left and following the instructions in the link in the previous sentence.

The public comment period on the Draft Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Environmental Impact Statement and RMP Amendment closed on August 2, 2018.

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

Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) and Proposed Plan Amendments 

The BLM and the Department of the Interior (DOI) worked closely with western governors of states with Greater sage-grouse habitat to determine whether some, all or none of the sagebrush habitat conservation plans adopted in 2015 should be amended.  A Draft EIS and Plan Amendments for BLM-managed public lands in Utah was published on May 4, 2018, initiating a 90-day public comment period that ended on August 2, 2018.   The Management Alignment alternative in the Draft EIS was proposed to enhance cooperation and improve alignment between BLM resource management plans for conserving sage-grouse habitat and the state’s plans for managing the sage-grouse species.   This alternative does not propose to replace the 2015 plans, but instead builds on them to increase flexibility, maintain access to public resources, and promote conservation outcomes.  Nearly three years of experience with the 2015 plans has shown the BLM and its partners what is working and what is not, and how the 2015 plans can be adjusted to recognize concerns.
The BLM considered the comments received on the Draft EIS and developed a Final EIS and Proposed Plan Amendments. 

Information Contact

Quincy Bahr
Branch Chief - Planning and Environmental Coordination
(801) 539-4122