Dear BRC members and supporters,
We thought we'd send a quick update to our members regarding the massive land use planning effort related to the Greater Sage Grouse.
For those new to our Action Alert list, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced the formal planning process to evaluate greater sage-grouse conservation measures in land use plans in 10 Western states. This was made necessary after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) found that the greater sage-grouse warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
BRC has lots of info on this important project on our Sage Grouse webpage:
A quick overview is here:
The update is that BLM has issued an Instructional Memorandum (IM) that provides interim conservation policies and procedures to be applied to ongoing and proposed activities affecting the Bi-state Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Greater Sage-grouse and its habitat.
Clear as mud? Yeah... we know.
The Bi-state DPS refers to a specific sub-population of Greater Sage-grouse in a small area of California and Nevada. Typical of federal agency efficiency, this DPS has totally different decision timelines and processes separate from the eventual decision regarding the Greater Sage-grouse.
The direction provided in the IM covers activities carried out during the current revision of resource management plans that include the area where the Bi-state DPS is located, and addresses actions related to vegetation management, wildfire suppression and rehabilitation, rights-of-way, minerals, grazing, recreation and travel management, as well as wild horse and burro management.
The IM is available online at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/prog/wildlife/greater_sage-grouse.html