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« on: November 30, 2012, 03:24:38 am »

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest; Nevada and California Greater
Sage Grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment Forest Plan Amendment
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969, as amended (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of
1976, as amended (FLPMA), and the Resources Planning Act of 1974, as
amended by the National Forest Management Act 1976 (NFMA), the Forest Service (FS) intends to prepare
an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to amend the Toiyabe National
Forest Land and Resource Management Plan and the Carson City and Battle
Mountain Resource Management Plans. This notice is announcing the
beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and
identify issues. The FS is the lead agency on the EIS. The Bureau of
Land Management (BLM) is participating as a cooperating agency to
insure the NEPA can be used to adequately cover their RMP amendment.
This analysis will be the basis of three records of decision.
    The development of this EIS will be coordinated across management
units of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, BLM Carson City
District, and BLM Battle Mountain District and include areas in western
Nevada and eastern California.
    These management units include the Bridgeport Ranger District and
Carson Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, BLM
Carson City and Battle Mountain Districts. These management units
include areas identified as habitat for the Greater Sage Grouse Bi-
State Distinct Population Segment.

DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received
by January 30, 2013
. The EIS is expected June, 2013 and the final EIS
is expected September, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: James Winfrey, Humboldt-Toiyabe
National Forest 1200 Franklin Way, Sparks, NV 89523.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have
your name added to our mailing list, contact James Winfrey, Humboldt-
Toiyabe National Forest, Project Manager, telephone (775) 355-5300;
address 1200 Franklin Way, Sparks, Nevada 88431; email
jwinfrey@fs.fed.us. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the
deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
(800) 877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business
hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a
message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply
during normal business hours.

    In all correspondence, please include your name, address, and
organization name if you are commenting as a representative of an
organization.

For the full notice....http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-30/html/2012-28936.htm
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2012, 09:41:42 am »

BLM and USFS Launches National Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Strategy

http://www.arra-access.com/site/PageServer?pagename=arra_sage_grouse

Some background info at ARRA.

 http://t.co/HAYfWPYM  and at Pirate4x4

USFS and BLM Begin Sage-Grouse Planning Efforts for Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Carson City and Battle Mountain Districts


November 30, 2012 The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have published a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to amend the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Carson City, and Battle Mountain Resource Management Plans (RMP), which provide management frameworks for public lands in western Nevada and eastern California.

This proposed action is part of a national strategy implemented by USFS and BLM to aid in the conservation of the greater sage-grouse and to provide that conservation measures are included in each respective RMP across the western United States. These actions could significantly impact OHV access in addition to other current land uses.This NOI represents the beginning of the scoping process and comment period. The purpose of the scoping process is to determine relevant issues relating to the conservation of the greater sage-grouse that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including the development of management alternatives. Initial issues to be considered as part of the EIS planning process include recreation management, transportation system and facilities management, and rights of way management.

Comments on the scope of the analysis will be accepted until January 30, 2013. It is important that OHV enthusiasts get involved in the designation process by contacting Forest staff. Comments should be submitted to James Winfrey, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest 1200 Franklin Way, Sparks, NV 89523.

For further information, please contact James Winfrey, Project Manager, at (775) 3555300 or at jwinfrey@fs.fed.us
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