MARSING, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is inviting the public to an Open House on June 13, 2013, at the Marsing American Legion Community Hall located at 126 2nd Ave. W., Marsing, Idaho from 6:00 p. m. to 9:00 p.m. The purpose of the Open House is for BLM to receive comments and information on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for renewing 15 grazing permits on 25 allotments encompassing approximately 120,000 acres of public land in the Jump Creek, Cow Creek and Succor Creek watersheds in western Owyhee County. The draft EIS was published on May 3, 2013, opening a 45-day public review and comment period that will close on June 17, 2013. Comments submitted by that date will be considered by the Bureau of Land Management as it prepares a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) to renew the 15 grazing permits.
The DEIS includes analysis of a range of grazing management alternatives to address resource issues identified during scoping and BLM’s review of current resource conditions in the 25 grazing allotments. Comments received will help inform completion of the FEIS to be completed later this year.
“Public involvement during this phase of the EIS is crucial,” said BLM Owyhee Field Manager Loretta Chandler. “We need citizens to take the time to share valuable information about places and resources in the area that they consider important, along with comments about potential effects to those places and resources. This helps ensure that the EIS will support a reasonable decision.”
In addition to attending the Open House, comments should be submitted electronically or in writing by June 13, 2013, to the following:
· email: BLM_ID_NPR_EIS@blm.gov
· fax: 208-373-3805
· mail: Bureau of Land Management, Idaho State Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise, ID 83709, Attention: Jake Vialpando, Project Manager
An interdisciplinary team will review all comments in order to identify issues and impacts for examination as the FEIS is completed.
In addition to livestock grazing, a variety of other multiple uses exists in the project area, including year-round recreation activities, wild horse management, and electrical transmission line development. Other key issues already identified involve effects of grazing on wildlife habitats, as well as the risk of contact between domestic and bighorn sheep. Comments containing information about these issues or which help identify other management questions or concerns that should be addressed in the FEIS are strongly encouraged.
The Draft EIS may be viewed or downloaded on the project website: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/nepa_register/owyhee_grazing_group/grazing_permit_renewal0.html .
For more information, please contact Jake Vialpando, project manager at (208) 373-3814, orNPR_EIS@blm.gov.