by Deanna Darr
The Bureau of Land Management recently published two Instructional Memorandums in the Public Register, outlining both interim and long-term management practices aimed at helping to conserve sage grouse while the agency updates its land-use plans.
As part of the required 60-day public comment period, BLM officials will host several open houses across Idaho to answer questions and take comments on the proposals. The first meeting will be held in Boise from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Boise on Monday, Jan. 9. Additional open houses will held across the state—for a full schedule, click here.
The proposed regulations come after continued declines of sage grouse population across the West, due in large part to the loss of habitat to development. The species is under consideration for listing on the Endangered Species List by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That agency faces a 2015 deadline to decide if sage grouse will be listed, so BLM officials hope to have new management guidelines in place by September 2014.
Anyone who wants to offer comments on the proposals must do so by Tuesday, Feb. 7. Comments can be sent online, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 775-861-6747, or mailed to Western Region Project Manager, BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV 89502.