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  In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the BLM is preparing a Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to provide a framework for conserving and assisting with the recovery of the Gunnison Sage-Grouse and for conserving and restoring habitat upon which the species depends on BLM-administered public lands across the range of the bird.  The Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) is listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a federally threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.   The Endangered Species Act requires federal agencies to ensure that their actions are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of a listed species or result in the adverse modification or destruction of critical habitat for a listed species.  In meeting this requirement, the BLM will strive to integrate management objectives and actions that promote recovery of the Gunnison Sage-Grouse with the agency’s responsibility to allow for appropriate public land uses that enhance the economic stability of local communities in accordance with the multiple use and sustained yield direction set forth in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976.
 
  The Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS was available for review and comment from August 12, 2016 through January 9, 2017.  The BLM is currently reviewing the comments received and will consider substantive comments as we begin to develop the Proposed RMP Amendment/Final EIS.  The Approved RMP Amendment/Record of Decision is projected to be issued in Fall 2017.  This ePlanning site provides a tool to assist with informing the public about current developments and opportunities for involvement.