Author Topic: BLM Hosts Public "Steppe Forward" Learning Sessions on Greater Sage-Grouse  (Read 55 times)

Offline pete4wd

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Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Color Country District Office and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is hosting several public learning sessions to provide information about the final greater sage-grouse conservation plan for Utah public lands.

After an unprecedented, collaborative and science-based conservation effort, the BLM and U.S. Forest Service recently finalized Utah land-use plan amendments that will address threats to the greater sage-grouse by:  minimizing surface disturbance; improving sagebrush habitat; and reducing the threat of rangeland fire.  Unlike other states, Utah's sage-grouse habitat is highly fragmented, so the Utah plan proposes management based on actual greater sage-grouse populations rather than just habitat. "Steppe Forward" learning session attendees can learn more about this management strategy and many others in a public, open house format.

BRC is urging the OHV community to ask the agency to adopt the sage-grouse related OHV management prescriptions that were in our January 28, 2014, comment letter to the UT BLM.


            Meetings are open to the public and will be held as follows:

November 4, 2015, Wednesday, 4-7 p.m.
Hunter Conference Center
Southern Utah University
Cedar City, Utah

November 5, 2015, Thursday, 4-7 p.m.
Quality Inn Conference Room
540 S. Main Street
Richfield, Utah

"These learning sessions give our local communities an opportunity to sit down with BLM staff and talk about the greater sage-grouse conservation plan, the management strategy, and how it will be implemented," said Heather Whitman, Color Country District manager.

For additional information regarding the "Steppe Forward" public learning sessions, please contact Elizabeth Burghard at 435-865-3006 in Cedar City; or in Richfield, call Wayne Wetzel at 435-896-1501. 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, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext. 2