While the Humboldt-Toiyabe is the lead agency for preparing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the BLM, as a cooperating agency, is also proposing to amend the Tonopah Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Carson City Field Office Consolidated RMP. Both the BLM and the USFS could be adding to or changing some of the regulatory mechanisms in two separate Records of Decisions for the respective agencies that would reduce, eliminate, or minimize threats to the Bi-State sage grouse habitat on lands they administer.
Learn more about this effort by referring to the news release dated December 6, 2012, located in our website section entitled, “News Archive, 2012 Archive.” Interested parties can find information on the amendment and the sage grouse on our web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/htnf/bssg.
Additional Forest Plan and BLM amendments are also underway for the Greater Sage Grouse and have different timelines. The USFWS will not make a determination regarding the listing of the Greater Sage-Grouse until the fall of 2014. Learn more about that effort by visiting the following website: www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/prog/wildlife/greater_sage-grouse.html.
Learn more about the Bi-State sage grouse by visiting the following USFWS website: http://www.fws.gov/nevada/nv_species/sage_grouse.html, scroll down to the heading on the front page under the heading, “Actions/ Current Information,” 03/05/10, “Questions and Answers: 12-Month Finding for the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of the Greater Sage-Grouse.”
Substantive formal comments must be written, comments submitted to, or oral comments recorded by, the responsible official or his designee during an opportunity for public participation and attributed to the individual or entity providing them (36 CFR 219.62). For this proposal, the opportunities for public participation are the scoping comment period referenced in this news release and the 90-day comment period that begins when the Notice of Availability of the draft EIS is published in the Federal Register.
Learn more about this release by contacting Christie Kalkowski, Public Affairs Officer, at 775-355-5311.