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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a Notice of

Intent (NOI) on December 9, 2011 [76 FR 77008] to prepare environmental

impact statements (EISs) and supplemental environmental impact

statements to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures

into land use plans and land management plans. The BLM is the lead

agency for this action and in the preparation of these EISs and

Supplemental EISs and the Forest Service is participating as a

cooperating agency. On February 10, 2012 [77 FR 7178] the BLM published

a Notice of Correction that changed the names of the regions that are

coordinating the Environmental Impact Statements and Supplemental EISs,

extended the scoping period, and added 11 Forest Service Land

Management Plans to this process. This notice has been published to

ensure all stakeholders, interested in Forest Service activities, are

aware of the Notice of Intent published by the BLM and are provided a

complete list of potentially impacted forests and grasslands.

 

DATES: Consistent with the February 10, 2012, BLM Notice of Correction,

comments on issues as part of the public scoping process for the EISs/

SEISs may be submitted in writing until March 23, 2012.

 

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the greater sage-grouse

planning effort by any of the following methods:

Rocky Mountain Region: Web site: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html. Email: sageeast@blm.gov. Fax:

307-775-6042. Mail: Eastern Region Project Manager, BLM Wyoming State

Office, 5353 Yellowstone, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009.

Great Basin Region: Web site: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/western.html. Email: sagewest@blm.gov. Fax: 775-

861-6747. Mail: Western Region Project Manager, BLM Nevada State

Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, Nevada 89502.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have

your name added to our mailing list, contact:

Johanna Munson, Rocky Mountain Region Project Manager,

telephone 307-775-6329; address 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, WY

82009; email jmunson@blm.gov, or:

Lauren Mermejo, Great Basin Region Project Manager,

telephone 775-861-6400; address 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV

89520; email lmermejo@blm.gov, or

Glen Stein, Forest Service Project Manager, telephone 801-

625-5281; address 324 25th Street, Ogden, UT 84401; email

gstein@fs.fed.us.

 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Although the majority of all scoping

meetings have been completed, the date(s) and location(s) of any

additional scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in

advance through local media, newspapers, and the BLM Web site for the

Rocky Mountain Region at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html, and for the Great Basin Region at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/western.html. Comments that

are specific to a particular area, Resource Management Plan, or Land

Management Plan should be identified as such. The BLM will provide

additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of

the Draft EISs/SEISs.

Following are the list of National Forests and Grassland

potentially impacted:

 

Within the Rocky Mountain Region

 

Colorado

Routt National Forest

 

Utah

Ashley National Forest

Manti-Lasal National Forest

Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Uinta National Forest

 

Wyoming

Thunder Basin National Grassland

Bridger-Teton National Forest

Medicine Bow National Forest

 

Within the Great Basin Region

 

Idaho

Boise National Forest

Salmon National Forest

Challis National Forest

Targhee National Forest

Curlew National Grassland

Caribou National Forest

Sawtooth National Forest

 

Montana

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

 

Nevada

Humboldt National Forest

Toiyabe National Forest

 

Utah

Dixie National Forest

Fishlake National Forest

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