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« on: July 18, 2014, 03:29:21 am »

Notice of Intent To Incorporate Gunnison Sage-Grouse Conservation
Measures Into the Bureau of Land Management Land Use Plans, Colorado
and Utah and Prepare an Associated Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act
(FLMPA) of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
intends to incorporate Gunnison Sage-Grouse Conservation Measures into
Resource Management Plans (RMPs) within the range of the species and
prepare an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). By this
notice, the BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to
solicit public comments and identify issues.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS.
Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until August 18, 2014.
The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced
at least 15 days in advance through local news media, newspapers and
the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/wildlife/sage-grouse/GUSG.html. In order to be included in the
analysis, all comments must be received prior to the close of the 30-
day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever
is later. Comments that are specific to a particular area or land use
plan should be identified as such. We will provide additional
opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft
EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria
related to Gunnison Sage-Grouse planning effort by any of the following
methods:
     Web site: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/wildlife/sage-grouse/GUSG.html; Email: gusg_amend@blm.gov.
     Fax: 303-239-3699.
     Mail: Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street,
Lakewood, CO 80215.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the
Colorado State Office (see address above); the Colorado Southwest
District Office, 2465 South Townsend Avenue, Montrose, CO 81401; and
Utah Canyon County District Office, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, UT 84532.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Leigh D. Espy, Project Manager, via
telephone: 303-239-3801; at the Colorado State Office (see address
above); or via email: lespy@blm.gov. You may contact Ms. Espy to have
your name added to our mailing list. 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, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above
individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In January 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (FWS) published its proposed listing and proposed critical
habitat decision for the Gunnison Sage-Grouse indicating that listing
of the species as ``Endangered'' was warranted. The inadequacy of
regulatory mechanisms to conserve the Gunnison Sage-Grouse and its
habitat was identified as a significant threat in the FWS preliminary
finding on the petition to list the Gunnison Sage-Grouse as an
endangered species. The FWS has proposed conservation measures to be
included in RMPs as the principal mechanism to assure adequate
conservation of the Gunnison Sage-Grouse and its habitat on public
lands. In view of the identified threats to the Gunnison Sage-Grouse,
the BLM proposes incorporating consistent objectives and conservation
measures to protect Gunnison Sage-Grouse and its habitat into RMPs by
July 2016. The BLM plans to prepare an EIS to analyze proposed
amendments within the range of the species for the following RMPs:
     Colorado
    [cir] San Luis RMP (1991)
    [cir] Gunnison RMP (1993)
    [cir] San Juan/San Miguel RMP (1985) (currently under revision in
the Tres Rios and Uncompahgre RMPs)
    [cir] Uncompahgre Basin RMP (1989) (currently under revision in the
Dominquez-Escalante National Conservation Area [NCA] RMP and
Uncompahgre RMP)
    [cir] Grand Junction RMP (1987) (Currently under revision in the
Grand Junction RMP and the Dominquez-Escalante NCA RMP)
    [cir] Gunnison Gorge NCA RMP (2004)
    [cir] Canyons of the Ancients National Monument RMP (2010)
     Utah
    [cir] Moab RMP (2008)

For the full notice...  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-18/html/2014-16819.htm
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