ePlanning DOI-BLM-ID-0000-2017-0003-EIS (Programmatic EIS for Fuels Reduction and Rangeland Restoration in the Great Basin)  
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Draft PEIS Available for Public Comment: April 3 – June 2, 2020

The BLM has prepared a Draft Programmatic EIS for Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin. The Programmatic EIS analyzes several options for carrying out fuels reduction and rangeland restoration projects. The project area covers nearly 223 million acres and includes portions of California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The project’s purpose is to enhance the long-term function, viability, resistance and resilience of sagebrush communities in the project area. Functioning and viable sagebrush communities provide multiple-use opportunities for all user groups as well as habitat for sagebrush-dependent species.
The BLM is inviting the public to review and comment on the Draft Programmatic EIS. The Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft Programmatic EIS was published in the Federal Register on April 3, 2020. The publication of the NOA in the Federal Register began a 60-day comment period starting on April 3, 2020 and ending on June 2, 2020. Click on the “Documents” link to the left to read or comment on the Draft Programmatic EIS. Information about public meetings can be found at the “Meetings” link to the left or accessed at https://www.virtualpublicmeeting.com/frrr-peis.
The BLM is developing two landscape scale Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) to analyze potential effects of: 1) constructing fuel breaks, and 2) reducing fuel loading and restoring rangeland productivity within the Great Basin Region (Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, northern California, Utah, and eastern Washington) in order to protect and conserve the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem from loss as a result of wildfires. The goal of these Programmatic EISs is to significantly minimize the subsequent National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) work required to approve on-the-ground projects. The BLM initially proposed to prepare these analyses concurrently to gain efficiencies in scoping and effects analyses.  However, after scoping it became apparent that the two should be prepared sequentially.  Therefore, this site only includes the Programmatic EIS for the fuel reduction and habitat restoration.  The fuel breaks PEIS will be published under document number DOI-BLM-ID-0000-2017-0001-EIS.