Sage grouse EIS date changes due to shutdown |

Sage grouse EIS date changes due to shutdown

Sky-Hi News staff

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the new date for the close of the comment period for the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Environmental Impact Statement and Resource Management Plan Amendment.

The BLM initially scheduled 90 days for comment, and the original date for the close of the comment period was Nov. 14, 2013. Due to the lapse in appropriations and the resulting Federal government shutdown, the documents were not available on the BLM website from Oct. 1 through Oct. 16, 2013. Accordingly, the new date for the close of the comment period will be Dec. 2, 2013.

Public involvement is an essential and required part of the planning process, and comments submitted by Dec. 2, 2013 will be considered before the BLM makes a final decision.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.

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