“We are extending the comment period on the DEIS to December 27 to coincide with the comment period on the proposed listing announced by FWS on October 25,” said Bill Dunkelberger, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor. “This change in our schedule will allow the public to look at each document and provide comments relative to both”.
The 34-day extension will make it easier for the public to comment on both of the DEIS and FWS documents. Comments received will be shared by the BLM, Forest Service and FWS to revise the proposed plan amendment and address the key threats identified by the FWS in their proposal.
The 90 day public comment period for the Greater Sage-grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment Forest Plan Amendment DEIS began on August 23 and was scheduled to end on November 23.
“Working together will complement our efforts to conserve the species,” said Bernadette Lovato, BLM Carson City District Manager. “We strongly encourage the public to share information that we can use to ensure that we have a broad analysis prior to finalizing the plan amendments.”
As part of this effort the Forest Service and BLM will also attend the FWS meetings scheduled for:
November 5, 2013
4 to 6 p.m.
Tri-County Fairgrounds, Home Economics Building
Sierra Street and Fair Drive
Bishop, CA 93514
November 6, 2013
1 to 3 p.m.
Smith Valley Community Center
2783 State Route 208
Wellington, NV 89444
The DEIS and other documents related to the project can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/htnf.