The BLM and USFS are in the process of releasing a series of 15 draft EIS that implement Greater Sage Grouse conservation measures.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is bound by a court order to make a determination whether to list the Greater Sage Grouse as threatened or endangered by 2015. It is assumed that either determination would close vast areas of the west to grazing, oil and gas activities, agriculture and mining.
The proposed EIS are designed to implement conservation measures that would eliminate the need for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
Some EIS were released earlier this year and are closed to comment. The North Dakota EIS was released in September and will be open for comment until December 26. EIS or amended EIS covering parts of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Northeast California, Oregon and Utah are scheduled for release in November. Each draft plan/EIS will be open for comments for 90 days.
The web site listing all the drafts is http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse.html.
To read the documents, see the schedule of public meetings, and comment on the plans or EIS use the links contained in the page above.You can also search the Federal Register (www.federalregister.gov) to find the EIS and land use plans with instructions on submitting comments, and to find meeting announcements.