CALIFORNIA-NEVADA - FWS Wants to List the Bi-State Sage-Grouse as Threatened

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October 28, 2013 5:34 PM

CALIFORNIA-NEVADA - FWS Wants to List the Bi-State Sage-Grouse as Threatened

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

On Friday, October 25, 2013, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a notice in the Federal Register about their proposal to list certain California and Nevada populations of greater sage grouse as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  FWS is also proposing to designate 1.8 million acres as critical habitat to help protect this subgroup of grouse.

This proposal will most certainly impact OHV-related management decisions made by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Carson City Bureau of Land Management District. BRC continues to believe that both casual use and OHV permitted events will be impacted. The extent of said impacts will rely on our ability to help identify sound OHV management guidelines and programs such as route designation and limited operating periods for events that can be used as mitigations to help protect this subpopulation of grouse.


Video Message from Don Amador on FWS Proposal

FR Notice to List the Bi-State Greater Sage Grouse - LINK
FR Notice to Designate 1.8 Million Acres of Land as Critical Habitat -
LINK
Map of Bi-State Greater Sage Grouse Area - LINK

Public Meetings:
The November 5, 2013, public meeting will be held at the Tri-County
Fairgrounds, Home Economics Room, Sierra Street and Fair Drive, Bishop, CA 93514.

The November 6, 2013, public meeting will be held at the Smith Valley Community
Center, 2783 State Route 208, Wellington, NV 89444.

BRC is asking riders who frequent the affected areas to review the Federal Register notices and to make OHV management-specific comments by the December 27, 2013, comment period deadline.

There are two ways to comment
(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal:  http://www.regulations.gov

 In the Search box, enter FWS-R8-ES-2013-0042 and FWS-R8-ES-2013-0072, which are the docket numbers for these rulemakings. Then, in the Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on "Comment Now!"

(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R8-ES-2013-0042 and FWS-R8-ES-2013-0072; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.

Thanks for your review of this all too important matter.

Don Amador
Western Representative
BlueRibbon Coalition, Inc.

 

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