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Comments on Draft BLM Resource Management Plans – Sage Grouse

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, August 3, 2018

IMA-NA filed comments on six Bureau of Land Management (BLM) draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendments and Environmental Impact Statements for Greater Sage-Grouse conservation.  It did so with respect to four RMPs (Idaho, Nevada and Northeastern California, Utah and Wyoming) in conjunction with allied mining trade associations (Idaho Mining Association, National Mining Association and Utah Mining Association) and on two RMPs (Colorado and Oregon) on its own.  Adopted in September 2015, these plans provided support for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finding that listing the Greater Sage-Grouse under the Endangered Species Act was not warranted.  In June 2017 Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issues a Secretarial Order whose aim is to improve sage grouse conservation by strengthening communication and collaboration between states and the federal government, with the shared goal of conserving and protecting sage grouse and its habitat while also ensuring that conservation efforts do not impede local economic opportunities.  The order resulted in the proposals at issue.  The states of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota were not part of the proposed revision and amendment process.

IMA-NA’s comments are attached.


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Tags:  DEIS  draft Environmental Impact Statement  FWS  Greater Sage Grouse; BLM; USFS  Resource Management Plan  RMP 

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