Notice of Availability of the Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land
Use Plan Amendments and Environmental Impact Statement
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of Availability.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act
of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S.
Forest Service (USFS) have prepared a Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Draft
Land Use Plan (LUP) Amendments and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period.
DATES: To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive
written comments on the Draft LUP Amendments/EIS within 90 days
following the date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes notice
of the Draft LUP Amendments/EIS in the Federal Register. The BLM and
USFS will announce future meetings or hearings and any other public
participation activities at least 15 days in advance through public
notices, media releases, and/or mailings.
ADDRESSES: Interested parties may submit comments related to the Utah
Greater Sage-Grouse Draft LUP Amendments/EIS by any of the following
Mail: BLM--Greater Sage-Grouse EIS, 440 West 200 South, Suite
500, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1345
Copies of the Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Draft LUP Amendments/EIS are
available at the BLM Utah State Office at the above address or on the
Internet at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/prog/planning/SG_RMP_rev.html.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Quincy Bahr, Greater Sage-Grouse
Project Manager/Environmental Coordinator, telephone 801-539-4122 or
Tyler Ashcroft, Environmental Coordinator, telephone 801-539-4068.
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call
the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave
a message or question for the above individual. The FIRS is available
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Replies are provided during normal
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM prepared the Utah Greater Sage-
Grouse Draft LUP Amendments/EIS to address a range of alternatives
focused on specific conservation measures across the Utah range of the
Greater Sage-Grouse. This Draft LUP Amendments/EIS is one of 15
separate planning efforts that are being undertaken as part of the BLM
and USFS National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy. Since December
2011, the BLM has invited 56 local, State, Federal, and tribal
governments to participate as cooperating agencies (CA) in the Utah
Greater Sage-Grouse Draft LUP Amendments/EIS. Twenty-six of the
governments have participated as CAs including the USFS, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Resource Conservation Service, State
of Utah, and the State of Wyoming.
The Draft LUP Amendments/EIS proposes to amend the LUPs for the
Vernal, Price, Richfield, Kanab, Grand Staircase-Escalante National
Mounument, Cedar/Beaver/Garfield/Antimony, Pinyon, Warm Springs, House
Range, Pony Express, Box Elder, Randolph, Park City, and Salt Lake
District Isolated Tracts resource or planning areas. The Draft LUP
Amendments/EIS will also be used to amend the LUPs for the Dixie,
Fishlake, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache, Ashley, and Manti-La Sal National
Forests. The current management decisions for resources are described
in the following LUPs:For the full notice... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-01/html/2013-26221.htm