BOISE, Idaho – In support of collaborative West-wide efforts to conserve sage-grouse habitat, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to treat or remove encroaching Western juniper from public lands in a 1.5 million-acre area of Owyhee County in southwest Idaho. Two public meetings will be held in February to address the proposal.
“Treating and removing encroaching juniper is aimed at improving habitat for sage-grouse and other wildlife species, conserving moisture, and promoting overall better health of the resources,” said BLM Boise District Manager Jim Fincher. “Conserving habitat for sage-grouse is a key method for improving an entire rangeland ecosystem.”
The proposal requires an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the potential impacts of this action. The BLM is requesting public scoping comments regarding potential resource issues that may result from the proposal. The BLM Boise District is hosting two public meetings to provide additional information about the proposal and to assist the public in providing substantive comments.
The first public meeting will be held on Feb. 4, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the BLM Boise District Office, 3948 S Development Ave., Boise, Idaho. The second public meeting will be held on Feb. 5, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the OwyheeCounty Historical Museum, 17085 Basey Street, Murphy, Idaho.
Comments on the proposal should be received by Feb. 20, 2015, to be most helpful. Information about the project is available on the BLM-Idaho website at http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/nepa_register/BOSH-juniper-removal.html. After the 30-day public scoping comment period, the BLM will prepare a draft EIS analyzing a range of alternatives for the project. The draftEIS will then be available for public comment after publication.
Comments can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to BLM Boise District Office, 3948 S Development Ave., Boise, Idaho 83705-5339, attention: Michael McGee.
Questions or requests for more information may be directed to Mr. McGee by phone at 208-384-3300 or by email email@example.com.