Idaho BLM Invites Public To Sage-Grouse Scoping Meetings

January 2012 Powersport News

(ED-The move to "protect" the sage-grouse could reduce the areas where we are able to go off-road riding so this is an issue we should pay close attention to.)

Boise - Beginning Jan. 9, 2012, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are inviting the public to participate in public scoping meetings to evaluate greater sage-grouse conservation measures in land use plans and land management plans throughout Idaho and southwest Montana

The scoping meetings, in an open-house format, will be held in the following locations, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m.




January 9

Boise, ID

Red Lion Boise Hotel 

1800 Fairview Ave.

January 10

Idaho Falls, ID

Red Lion Hotel 

475 River Parkway

January 11

Salmon, ID

Salmon Valley Business & Innovation Center 

803 Monroe St.

January 12

Dillon, MT

National Guard Armory 

1050 MT Hwy 41

January 25

Twin Falls, ID

Canyon Springs Red Lion Inn 1357 Blue Lakes Blvd.

January 26

Pocatello, ID 

The Clarion Hotel

1399 Pocatello Bench Road

A complete list of scoping meeting times and locations can also be found on the BLM's greater sage-grouse website at .

These scoping meetings are being held in conjunction with the 60-day public comment period to the Notice of Intent for the two agencies to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land use plans and land management plans. The Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 9, 2011.

The 60-day public comment period provides the public an opportunity to comment on issues that should be addressed in the EIS. The public scoping meetings provide the public an additional opportunity to talk to staff and resource specialists and to submit written comments on the proposal in person. 

Based on ongoing threats to the greater sage-grouse and its habitat throughout the West, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2015 deadline for making a decision whether to list the species under the Endangered Species Act, the BLM and the USFS plan to incorporate consistent objectives and conservation measures into all relevant plans by September 2014.

The two agencies have identified the following preliminary issues to address in their environmental analysis, including but not limited to: Greater Sage-grouse habitat management, wildfire, invasive species, rights-of-way, renewable energy development, grazing, off highway vehicle management and recreation.

To ensure that comments and information are fully considered, comments must be received by close of business on Feb. 7, 2012. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

1.      Web:

2.      Email:

3.      Fax:  775-861-6747

4.      Mail:  Western Region Project Manager, BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial          Blvd., Reno, NV 89502

For more about the BLM's Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy, visit the following website:


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