The meeting will be at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 5 at the Campbell County Library in Gillette located at 2101 4-J Rd in Gillette. A public comment period will begin on October 12th and run through November 16th. Comments will be taken at the open house or can be sent to local working group member Dan Thiele atDan.Thiele@wyo.gov or mailed to 700 Valley View Drive, Sheridan, WY 82801. Comments must be received no later thanNovember 16th.
Interested persons can find the addendum online at: http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/wildlife-1000817.aspx# . The original plan, Northeast Wyoming Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan, can also be found at that website.
The Northeast Wyoming Sage-Grouse Working Group is one of eight local working groups statewide. Each is composed of citizens representing various stakeholder groups interested in sage-grouse conservation and associated land management issues. The group has already developed and initiated a conservation plan to benefit sage-grouse and, when feasible, other species that use sagebrush habitats. ` The Game and Fish Department asked each local working group to update their sage-grouse plans to reflect new policies and information that have become available since the plans were originally completed in 2007. Chief among these are the Governor's Sage-Grouse Executive Order(s), the BLM’s Instructional Memorandum, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's 2010 threatened and endangered species listing decision in 2010. In addition, the plan update details sage-grouse conservation practices that the group has prioritized for funding via the legislature’s biennial sage-grouse conservation fund appropriation to each local working group.