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« on: November 26, 2013, 02:59:48 am »

Notice of Availability of the Oregon Greater Sage-Grouse Draft
Land Use Plan Amendments and Draft Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of
1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared
Oregon Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan (LUP) Amendments and a
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Oregon Sub-Region
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/Draft EIS within 90 days
following the date that the Environmental Protection Agency publishes
notice of the Draft LUP Amendments/Draft EIS in the Federal Register.
The BLM will announce future meetings or hearings and any other

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public participation activities at least 15 days in advance through
public notices, media releases, and/or mailings.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Oregon Greater Sage-
Grouse Draft LUP Amendments/Draft EIS by any of the following methods:
     Web site: http://on.doi.gov/1ewEQRc.
     Email: blm_or_so_gsg_planning_comments@blm.gov.
     Fax: 503-808-6021.
     Mail: BLM--Greater Sage-Grouse EIS, 1220 SW 3rd Avenue,
Portland, OR 97204.
    Copies of the Oregon Greater Sage-Grouse Draft LUP Amendments/Draft
EIS are available at the Oregon State Office at the above address or on
the Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/or/energy/opportunity/sagebrush.php.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joan Suther, Oregon Sub-Regional
Greater Sage-Grouse Project Manager, telephone 541-573-4445; see
address above; email jsuther@blm.gov. 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM prepared the Oregon Greater Sage-
Grouse Draft LUP Amendments and Draft EIS to address a range of
alternatives focused on specific conservation measures across the
Oregon range of the Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG). The Draft LUP
Amendments/Draft EIS is one of 15 separate planning efforts that are
being undertaken as part of the BLM's and the U.S. Forest Service's
National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy. The Draft LUP
Amendments/Draft EIS propose to amend the LUPs for the Vale, Burns,
Prineville, and Lakeview District Offices. The current management
decisions for resources are described in the following LUPs:

 Andrews 2005
 Baker 1989
 Brothers LaPine (east) 1989
 Lakeview 2003
 Southeastern Oregon 2002
 Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area
2005
 Three Rivers 1992
 Upper Deschutes 2005

    Within the decision area, the BLM administers approximately 10
million acres of sage-grouse habitat
. Surface management decisions made
as a result of the Draft LUP Amendments/Draft EIS will apply only to
the BLM-administered lands in the decision area. The decision area is
defined as those BLM-administered lands within two categories of
habitat identified by the BLM in coordination with the Oregon
Department of Fish and Wildlife:

For the full notice ... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-26/html/2013-28295.htm
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