BLM seeking public comment on management of Gunnison sage-grouse
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comment on the Gunnison Sage-Grouse Rangewide Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement.  

The BLM manages about 623,000 acres, or 37 percent, of Gunnison sage-grouse habitat across the range of the species.

Within Utah, the BLM manages about 4,338 surface acres of critical habitat in the Moab Field Office and 4,979 surface acres within critical habitat in the Monticello Field Office. 

The Gunnison Sage-Grouse Rangewide Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement consider actions that could be implemented on BLM-managed lands and does not affect state, county, and private lands, or lands managed by other federal agencies except where these surfaces overlie federal mineral estate managed by BLM. 

The draft plan considers four alternatives with a wide range of management options. 

These options range from leaving management of Gunnison sage-grouse habitat as it currently is, to focusing primarily on conservation by avoiding any impacts to habitat of Gunnison sage-grouse.

It includes a preferred alternative that provides for management flexibility using appropriate measures to mitigate impacts to Gunnison sage-grouse habitat. 

Public comments will be used in developing a final environmental impact statement and proposed plan amendments for up to 11 BLM Resource Management Plans, including those for Moab and Monticello Field Offices. The deadline for public comments is January 9, 2017. 

Based on a January 2013 US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposal to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as endangered, the BLM began to analyze current conservation measures and consider additional protections for the bird on public lands in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah.

In November 2014, the USFWS listed the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened. 

To review the documents, go to http://bit.ly/1Uusw8C. Comments related to the Gunnison Sage-Grouse Rangewide Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS should be submitted by January 9, 2017, using the comment form at: http://1.usa.gov/1Uusw8C, or by emailing gusg_amend@blm.gov, or faxing 303-239-3699. 

The public can also comment via mail to Gunnison Sage-Grouse EIS, Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215. For more information, contact Bridget Clayton, BLM Colorado Sage-Grouse Coordinator, at bclayton@blm.gov or 970-244-3045. 

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.

While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency.

This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.

The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.

The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.
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