Dakota Prairie Grasslands; North Dakota; Environmental Impact
Statement for Greater Sage-Grouse Grasslands Plan Amendment
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare and environmental impact statement.
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 of 1976 (NFMA), the
Forest Service intends to prepare an environmental impact statement
(EIS) to amend the Dakota Prairie Grasslands Land and Resource
Management Plan (DPG LRMP). This notice is announcing the beginning of
the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues
relative to the greater sage-grouse. This analysis will be the basis of
the record of decision.
DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received
by July 7, 2014
. The draft environmental impact statement is expected
November 2014, and the final environmental impact statement is expected
ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: Dennis Neitzke, Grasslands
Supervisor, 1200 Missouri Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58504. Comments may also
be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
facsimile to: 701-989-7299.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have
your name added to our mailing list, contact Cristi Corey-Luse,
Environmental Coordinator, phone 559-359-5608 or email email@example.com
. 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
replay 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.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In March of 2010 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (USFWS) published a ``warranted, but precluded'' Endangered
Species Act-listing-petition decision for the greater sage-grouse.
Inadequacy of regulatory mechanisms was identified as a significant
factor in the USFWS finding on the petition to list the species. The
USFWS concluded that existing regulatory mechanisms to protect greater
sage-grouse, ``. . . afford sufficient discretion to the decision
makers as to render them inadequate to ameliorate the threats to the
[greater sage-grouse].'' The major threat in regards to actions
authorized on national forest system and other public lands is habitat
modification. Habitat modification on Federal lands includes threats
from infrastructure (fences, powerlines, and roads), recreation,
mining, energy development, grazing, fire, invasive species, noxious
weeds, conifer encroachment, and climate change.
To read the full notice... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-21/html/2014-11736.htm