Scoping Open for Greater Sage Grouse Habitat

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest; Nevada and California Greater Sage Grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment Forest Plan Amendment Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

This notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. The Forest Service is the lead agency on the EIS. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is participating as a cooperating agency to insure the NEPA can be used to adequately cover their Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment. This analysis will be the basis of three records of decision.

The development of this EIS will be coordinated across management units of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, BLM Carson City District, and BLM Battle Mountain District and include areas in western Nevada and eastern California.

These management units include the Bridgeport Ranger District and Carson Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, BLM Carson City and Battle Mountain Districts. These management units include areas identified as habitat for the Greater Sage Grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (BS DPS).

The FS is proposing to amend the Toiyabe National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (TNF LRMP) and the BLM is proposing to amend the Tonopah RMP and the Carson City Field Office Consolidated RMP by adding to or changing some of the regulatory mechanisms that would reduce, eliminate, or minimize threats to the BS DPS habitat on Federal lands administered by the FS and the BLM under those plans. A planning area map is provided in the scoping document (see Scoping Process).

The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues relating to the conservation of the BS DPS and its habitat that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS. Based on issues identified in the FWS decision on the petition listing for the BS DPS, the proposed regulatory mechanisms would address the following resource areas and resource uses on lands administered by the FS and the BLM:

  • Recreation Management
  • Fire and Fuels Management
  • Rangeland Management
  • Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Management
  • Rights of Way Management
  • Specials Uses
  • Transportation System and Facilities Management
  • Minerals Manageme

Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by January 30, 2013. The EIS is expected June, 2013 and the final EIS is expected September, 2013.

For more information, see:  https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/11/30/2012-28936/humboldt-toiyabe-national-forest-nevada-and-california-greater-sage-grouse-bi-state-distinct

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