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BRC Comments CalendarIMPORTANT: Comment Deadlines

June 9, 2014
FWS Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse Comments

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ALert ImageFWS Announces Reopening of Comment Period for Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse  (04/10/14) 

TThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), has announced that they are reopening the public comment period on the October 28, 2013, proposed rule to list the Bi-State distinct population segment (DPS) of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The FWS is reopening the comment period on the October 28, 2013, proposed rule to designate critical habitat for this DPS for an additional 60 days...READ MORE


BRC CommentsBRC Comments on Wyoming Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) and DEIS  (03/20/14) 

In reviewing the available literature and studies as noted in our March 20, 2012 letter, BRC noted there is little to no information suggesting that motorized/mechanized access on designated routes is causally related to Grouse decline or habitat destruction, and there are no definitive studies to that effect cited anywhere in the database. Particularly considering the intense scrutiny and collective scientific energy expended on this species, BRC concludes that motorized/mechanized recreation in any of its forms does not have a significant impact on the Grouse. The USFWS listing petition decision supports this as well. Motorized recreation and/or OHV/ORV are barely mentioned...BRC COMMENTS


BRC CommentsBRC Comments on Draft LUPA/DEIS for the Idaho and Southwestern Montana Greater Sub-Region  (01/29/14) 

In reviewing the available literature and studies as noted in our March 20, 2012 letter, BRC noted there is little to no information suggesting that motorized/mechanized access on designated routes is causally related to Grouse decline or habitat destruction, and there are no definitive studies to that effect cited anywhere in the database. Particularly considering the intense scrutiny and collective scientific energy expended on this species, BRC concludes that motorized/mechanized recreation in any of its forms does not have a significant impact on the Grouse. The USFWS listing petition decision supports this as well...BRC COMMENTS


BRC CommentsBRC Comments on Draft LUPA/DEIS for the Utah Sub-Region  (01/28/14) 

In our March 20, 2012 scoping comment letter, BRC urged a “common sense” approach to management. BRC believes local land managers at the Resource Area/Field Office or Forest/District level should be heavily involved with the motorized public to establish achievable goals for protection of the Grouse (lek /nest disturbance, wintering areas and sagebrush steppe habitat degradation) and to mitigate potential affects upon recreation through designation and active management of existing and inventoried routes. Blanket closures should always be viewed as the most extreme measure...BRC COMMENTS


BRC CommentsBRC Comments on Draft LUPA/DEIS for the Nevada and Northeastern California Sub-Region  (01/27/14) 

In our March 20, 2012 scoping comment letter, BRC urged a “common sense” approach to management. BRC believes local land managers at the Resource Area/Field Office or Forest/District level should be heavily involved with the motorized public to establish achievable goals for protection of the Grouse (lek /nest disturbance, wintering areas and sagebrush steppe habitat degradation) and to mitigate potential affects upon recreation through designation and active management of existing and inventoried routes. Blanket closures should always be viewed as the most extreme measure...BRC COMMENTS


Sage Grouse National Sub-Committee Formed  (01/27/14) 

The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) has formed and is hosting a national sub-committee to deal with strategies, comment process and public input on the Sage Grouse (habitat, possible listing, and OHV and outdoor recreational access). BRC's Don Amador is chairing the committee. Sage Grouse efforts will be coordinated with the North American Motorized Recreation Council (NAMRC) and other interested groups. The committee will help states, counties, associations, and general public formulate substantive comments and public input to help guide this hugely significant issue affecting responsible recreation in several western states...READ MORE


sage-grouseWYOMING - BLM-FS Release Draft Wyoming Sage-Grouse Mgmt Land Use Plan Amendment/Draft Environmental Impact Statement  (12/30/13) 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service (FS) have released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Wyoming Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan/Land Use Plan Amendments for the Rawlins, Rock Springs, Kemmerer, Pinedale, Casper and Newcastle RMPs; as well as the Thunder Basin National Grassland and Bridger-Teton and Medicine Bow National Forests Land Use Plans. This release opens a 90-day public comment period that will close March 24, 2014...READ MORE


Comment Period Extended for Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse  (12/19/13) 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a 45-day extension of the public comment period on the proposal to protect the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of greater sage-grouse along the California-Nevada border as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposal includes a special rule that would provide increased flexibility for land management practices that are intended to benefit the sage-grouse.  The extension will also add 45 days to the comment period on a proposal to designate approximately 1.86 million acres of critical habitat for the species...READ MORE


sage-grouse-pine-nuts-mapHelp Protect OHV Use in the Pine Nuts, Wilson Canyon and Other Popular NV Riding Areas  (12/18/13) 

Comments Due: December 27, 2013 - I know folks are getting ready for spending time with their families during the Christmas Holiday Season. OHVers should not have to be worrying about their access to public lands during this special time of the year. Unfortunately, the public comment period is ending on December 27, for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District Bi-State Sage-Grouse Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)...READ MORE


sage-grouse-mapSage Grouse Alert For Western Nevada And Eastern California  (12/17/13) 

COMMENTS DUE December 27. 2013 - 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...READ MORE


NEVADA-CALIFORNIA - BLM and FS Release Draft NV-CA Sub-Region Sage-grouse EIS  (12/05/13) The Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service released the Draft Nevada and Northeastern California Sub-regional Greater Sage-grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DLUP/DEIS) for a 90-day public comment period that closes January 29, 2014. More than 17 million acres of Greater Sage-grouse habitat are managed by the BLM and Forest Service within the sub-region...READ MORE


OREGON - BLM Releases Sage-Grouse Plan/DEIS for Oregon  (12/04/13) 

As part of a joint effort with the U.S. Forest Service to conserve the Greater Sage-Grouse and its habitat across 10 western states, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a 90-day public review and comment period that ends on February 20, 2014. A series of five open houses will be held to present information and answer questions...READ MORE


sage-grouseIDAHO-MONTANA - BLM Releases Sage-Grouse Plan/DEIS for Idaho-Southwestern Montana  (11/13/13) 

The Draft Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA)/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Idaho-Southwestern Montana subregion is now available. The publication of the Draft LUPA/DEIS begins a 90-day public comment period that will conclude on January 29, 2014. The preferred method to submit comments is electronically, by email to...READ MORE


sage-grouseNEVADA-CALIFORNIA - USFS & BLM Extend Comment Period on Bi-State Sage-Grouse DEIS  (11/12/13) 

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District have extended the comment period for the Bi-State Sage-Grouse Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) following the release of the US Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) proposal to protect the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Greater Sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The 34-day extension will make it easier for the public to comment...READ MORE


UTAH - BLM Releases Sage-Grouse Plan/DEIS for Utah  (11/11/13) 

As part of a joint effort with the U.S. Forest Service to conserve the Greater Sage-Grouse and its habitat across 10 western states, the Bureau of Land Management has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a 90-day public review and comment period that ends on Jan. 29, 2014. Eight public open houses will be held across Utah to present information and answer questions on the draft document. Meetings will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the dates and in the cities listed below...READ MORE


COLORADO- BLM-USFS Extend Comment Period For Draft Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse EIS  (10/31/13) 

The Sage-Grouse is becoming a major issue and a concern for OHV users across the west. (Check out BRC's Don Amador's video blog here.) Today we have news that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Routt National Forest have announced they are extending the 90-day comment period for the Draft Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement until December 2, 2013. The Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse EIS is one of 15 separate EISs that are being conducted as part of BLM's west-wide National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Effort...READ MORE


greater-sage-grouse-14smCALIFORNIA-NEVADA - FWS Wants to List the Bi-State Sage-Grouse as Threatened  (10/28/13) 

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...READ MORE


NORTH DAKOTA- BLM Draft N.D. Sage Grouse Plan Amendment Released  (10/08/13) 

The Bureau of Land Management has released the Draft North Dakota Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a 90-day public comment period. The document considers four possible management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for Greater Sage-Grouse on BLM-administered lands in southwestern North Dakota. Approximately 33,030 acres of North Dakota's Greater Sage-Grouse habitat is on BLM-administered surface lands...READ MORE


BRC CommentsBRC Comments to Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Council on Impacts to OHV Recreation for September 12, 2013 Meeting  (09/12/13) 

BRC's members in Nevada and California remain concerned about the lack of “trail-based OHV recreation” representation in your process. After reviewing the documents for today including the most current staff reports, I continue to share that concern as well.

After being alerted by Nevada BRC members to your process earlier this year, I contacted Tim Rubald on May 14, 2013 regarding the Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Program’s Request for Information for the State of Nevada Conservation Credit System for Sage Grouse Habitat. I advised Mr. Rubald that BRC would not be able to attend the May 31, 2013 Sagebrush Ecosystem Council meeting in person....BRC COMMENTS


WYOMING - BLM Holds Public Meetings for Bighorn Basin RMP Supplement  (09/03/13) 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody and Worland field offices will host six public meetings during the 90-day comment period that is currently underway for the Supplement to the Bighorn Basin Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The supplement addresses priority sage-grouse habitat on public lands within Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties. Public involvement is an essential and required part of the RMP revision process. The meetings will provide an opportunity for interested individuals to ask questions and provide input on the supplement...READ MORE


sage-grouseNV-CA - USFS & BLM Release Draft Bi-State Sage-Grouse EIS  (08/26/13) 

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Carson City Bureau of Land Management (BLM) District, as a cooperating agency, published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Greater Sage-Grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment Forest Plan Amendment on August 15, 2013. The proposed amendments will update management direction on the Forest Service's (FS) Bridgeport and Carson Ranger Districts and the BLM's Carson City District and Tonopah Field Office to conserve, enhance, and restore habitat for the sage-grouse...READ MORE


sage-grouseCOLORADO - BLM & USFS Release Draft Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse EIS  (08/21/13) 

The Bureau of Land Management and Routt National Forest released the Draft Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a 90-day public comment period.
 
The draft considers four possible management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for Greater Sage-Grouse on BLM and Routt National Forest lands in northwestern Colorado. The alternatives apply to federal lands and minerals only, not to private lands...READ MORE


BRC CommentsBRC Comments on Nevada & California BLM Conservation Policies for Bi-state Sage-grouse Population  (01/28/13) 

BRC's "Sage Grouse" headquarters wants to give OHVers in Nevada an update on what we are doing related to the Sage Grouse and any potential impacts it might have on motorized recreation.   On January 28, 2013, BRC submitted comments regarding the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's Scoping Notice for the Greater Sage-Grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment Forest Plan Amendment Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

BRC remains concerned agency decisions related to recreation standards and the transportation system may have severe impacts on OHV recreation - including permitted events - particularly as it occurs on designated or existing roads, trails and areas...BRC COMMENTS


greater-sage-grouse-14smBRC Land Use Update - NEVADA & CALIFORNIA BLM Issues Conservation Policies for Bi-state Sage-grouse Population  (12/14/12) 

We thought we'd send a quick update to our members regarding the massive land use planning effort related to the Greater Sage Grouse. For those new to our Action Alert list, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced the formal planning process to evaluate greater sage-grouse conservation measures in land use plans in 10 Western states. This was made necessary after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) found that the greater sage-grouse warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)... READ MORE


BRC Media Release - Recreation Group Urges Common Sense Approach To Grouse Management (03/26/12) 

The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national trail-based recreation group, submitted formal scoping comments on the proposed BLM's 2010 Sage Grouse Planning Strategy.  BRC believes this planning effort has the potential to significantly impact motorized recreation in the 11 states where the Grouse currently occurs.  The formal public comment period ended on March 23, 2012.In addition the BLM has published two Instruction Memorandums that will provide interim conservation policies and procedures for agency field level operations. These will also have the potential to greatly impact all aspects of motorized recreation, from traditional camping, hunting and fishing access to access for photography, bird watching, mountain bicycling, and... READ MORE


BRC CommentsBRC Scoping Comments to National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy  (03/20/12) 

USFWS has established a target date of 2015 to fully address the status of the Grouse. BRC has reviewed all the relevant literature and issues concerning the current planning process undertaken by the BLM and its National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy (Charter). We have also reviewed current OHV/ORV literature and statistics from the USDA Forest Service as it applies to use trends and to management on the ground. These trends cross directly over to the BLM and can be used to justify sound management techniques for motorized recreation regardless of the differing Code of Federal Regulations (CFR’s) that govern each agency...BRC COMMENTS


BRC Action Alert - Sage Grouse Comments Due By March 23 (03/08/12) 

Important issue affecting tens of millions of acres of public lands. Last January, BRC updated you on a huge issue that will affect the management of tens of millions of acres of public lands managed by the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management - The Endangered Sage Grouse. BRC has a dedicated webpage on the issue.  The BLM and USFS are conducting a planning process to evaluate greater sage-grouse conservation measures in land use plans in 10 Western states. The agencies will propose amendments that will affect everything from travel management to energy production to livestock grazing. This BLM/USFS... READ MORE


Comment Period Extended for Sage-Grouse Conservation Measures Planning (02/14/12) 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a corrected Notice of Intent to address sage grouse in 10 additional National Forest System Lands and Resource Management Plans, and formally extended the comment period through March 23, 2012. The BLM and the Forest Service are seeking public comment on issues that should be addressed in Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements (SEIS) that will evaluate and provide greater sage-grouse conservation measures in land use plans in 10 Western states. The EIS/SEIS will be coordina... READ MORE


What To Do At The Sage Grouse Meetings (01/25/12) 

On January 9, 2012, BRC blasted a national land use update on the sage grouse issue and promised you an action alert. We are working hard assessing impacts to recreation and comment suggestions. We will have an update out soon. You ask; Hey BRC... What about the meetings!!! Oh yeah! A lot of advocates are asking about the public meetings. Click Here for a breakdown of the meetings schedule by State and Region.  Many seasoned access advocates think these meetings meetings are WORST place to give a comment. We agree. Oral comments given... READ MORE


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) conducting massive land use plan amendment encompassing most BLM land in 10 Western states. (01/09/12)

In April 2010. the United State Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) found that the greater sage-grouse warrants protection under the ESA. But they didn't because it said it needed address other high priority species first. Soon after, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) began working with state and local governments on massive conservation efforts. Millions more have been spent on local sage-grouse conservation efforts that have been moderately successful. In most areas, sage grouse... READ MORE


Map showing where BLM planning units and Sage-grouse intersect (01/09/12)

What sets the sage grouse issue apart from other Endangered Species is the size of the habitat. To this day, nobody knows how many acres of public, state and private lands will be designated as "critical habitat" but the figure is staggering. Millions upon millions of sagebrush grassland habitat could be affected. CLICK HERE for the BLM's map.