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Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision; and Approved
Land Management Plan Amendments for the Rocky Mountain Region Greater
Sage-Grouse Sub-Regions Northwest Colorado, and Wyoming

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability of the Record of Decision.

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SUMMARY: The Forest Service announces the availability of the Record of
Decision (ROD) and Approved Land Management Plan (LMP) Amendments for
the Rocky Mountain Region Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) sub-regions of
Northwest Colorado and Wyoming. The Intermountain and Rocky Mountain
Regional Foresters signed the ROD on September 16, 2015, which
constitutes the final decision of the Forest Service.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD and LMP Amendments are available upon
request and are also available for public inspection at the addresses
listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. Interested persons may
also review the ROD and Approved LMP amendments and on the World Wide
Web at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/r4/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For the Northwest Colorado GRSG LMP
Amendment contact Dennis Jaeger, Routt National Forest Supervisor,
telephone 307-745-2400; address Routt National Forest 2468 Jackson
Street, Laramie, WY 82070; email: djaeger01@fs.fed.us.
    For the Wyoming GRSG LMP amendment contact Pam Bode, Wyoming State
Liaison, telephone 307-352-0259; address Bridger-Teton National Forest,
340 North Cache, Jackson, Wyoming 83001; email: pbode@fs.fed.us.
    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD)
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through
Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Record of Decision (ROD) and Approved
Land Management Plan (LMP) Amendments for the Rocky Mountain Region
Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) sub-regions of Northwest Colorado and
Wyoming were developed through a collaborative planning process and
incorporate land-use plan level conservation measures into existing
Forest Service LMPs to conserve, enhance, and restore GRSG and its
habitat by reducing, eliminating, or minimizing threats to GRSG and its
habitat. The ROD and Approved LMP Amendments include management
direction that limits or eliminates new surface disturbance in GRSG
Priority Habitat Management Areas, while minimizing disturbance in GRSG
General Habitat Management Areas. In addition to establishing
protective management direction, the Approved LMP Amendments establish
a suite of management provisions, such as the establishment of
disturbance limits, GRSG habitat objectives, mitigation requirements,
monitoring protocols, and adaptive management triggers and responses,
as well as other conservation measures throughout the range. The
cumulative effect of these conservation measures is to protect,
improve, and restore GRSG habitat across the remaining range of the
species in the Rocky Mountain Region and provide greater certainty that
Forest Service activities and authorizations in GRSG habitat will lead
to conservation of GRSG and its habitat as well as other sagebrush-
steppe associated species in the Region.

Read the full notice... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-23/html/2015-24168.htm