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Comment Period on DEIS Opens May 4th, 2018
The public comment period for the Utah 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 later.

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 resource management plans should be amended.  After carefully considering the governors’ suggestions and comments, the BLM proposes amending the Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan Amendment Environment Impact Statement.  The DEISs for amending the 2015 Greater Sage-Grouse plans will become available to the public on May 4, after the Notice of Availability is 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 has 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 is later.  Comments may be submitted by using this website or by following instructions in the DEIS and the Notice of Availability.


Public Meetings
 
As the next step in aligning federal habitat conservation efforts with state wildlife management plans, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold three meetings in Utah beginning June 26, 2018, to provide information and answer possible questions regarding the recently released draft amendments to sage-grouse plans finalized in 2015. 
BLM invites the public to attend open-house events from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

06/26/2018 - Cedar City, UT - Cedar City Festival Hall/Heritage Theater  2nd Floor, Conference Rooms 1 & 2, 105 North 100 East
06/27/2018 - Vernal, UT - Western Park Convention Center, 300 East 200 South
06/28/2018 - Randolph, UT - Randolph Senior Citizen's Center, 5 N. Main St.

In addition, the following link identifies all of the public meetings occuring throughout the west
  https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/mtg-calendar2.pdf

Information Contact

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