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Public Meeting in Alturas to Discuss Sage Grouse Planning

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Staff from the Bureau of Land Management will provide information and answer questions regarding planning for greater sage grouse, in a public meeting Friday, June 29th, from 5:00 to 7:00p.m., at the Niles Hotel, 304 S. Main St. in Alturas. The meeting is one of four in Nevada and northeastern California.

Draft Environmental Impact Statements and amendments to the 2015 plans were published on May 4th, beginning a 90-day public comment period. The public meetings will help attendees learn about the draft plan amendments and formulate written submissions before the comment period ends on August 2nd, 2018.

Western governors have sought changes to the 2015 plans for BLM-managed lands in their states, which spurred the BLM in proceeding with the plan amendments. Comments on the draft amendments will guide the BLM in finalizing changes that build on and strengthen these plans to conserve public land habitat in cooperation with state plans for managing wildlife species.

Plan amendments could affect up to 61 land-use plans for about 53 million acres in seven western states. In northeast California and Nevada, 11 plans, including the Alturas, Eagle Lake and Surprise field office resource management plans, could be revised. These plans guide management on 20.5 million acres of public land, including approximately 2.4 million acres in northeast California.

The public meetings will be held in an open-house format, with BLM specialists attending information stations to provide answers or additional information. Computers will be available for submitting written comments.

In addition to the Alturas meeting, sessions will be held June 26th, at the Nugget Hotel in Sparks; June 27th, at the Bristlecone Convention Center in Ely, Nevada; and June 28th at the Elko Convention Center in Elko, Nevada.

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