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Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision and Approved
Land Management Plan Amendments for the Great Basin Region Greater
Sage-Grouse Sub-Regions of Idaho and Southwestern Montana; Nevada and
Utah


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 Great Basin Region Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) sub-regions of Idaho
and Southwestern Montana, Nevada, and Northeast California, and Utah.
Management decisions within the ROD and Approved LMP amendments apply
only to National Forest System lands. There were no National Forest
System lands involved in this effort in Northeast California. The
Regional Foresters signed the ROD on September 16, 2015, which
constitutes the final decision of the Forest Service.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD and Approved 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 on the
World Wide Web at http://www.fs.usda.gov/r4/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For the Idaho and Southwestern Montana
GRSG LMP Amendment contact Robert Mickelsen, Caribou-Targhee National
Forest GRSG, Idaho State Liaison, telephone 208-557-5764; address: 1405
Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83401; email: rmickelsen@fs.fed.us.
    For the Nevada GRSG LMP Amendment contact Bill Dunkelberger, Forest
Supervisor, Humboldt-Toiyabe, telephone: 775-355-5310; address: 1200
Franklin Way, Sparks, NV 89431; email: wadunkelberger@fs.fed.us.
    For the Utah GRSG LMP Amendment contact: Ron Rodriguez, Utah State
Liaison, telephone: 435-865-3732; address: 1789 North Wedgewood Lane,
Cedar City, UT 84721; email: rrodriguez01@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 Great Basin Region
Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) sub-regions of Idaho and Southwestern
Montana, Nevada, and Northeast California, and Utah 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 land use allocations, 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 Great Basin Region and
provide greater certainty that Forest Service activities and
authorizations in GRSG habitat in the Great Basin Region will lead to
conservation of the 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/2015-24169.htm