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Virtual scoping sessions set for Bureau of Land Management Sage-Grouse planning

Virtual scoping sessions set for Bureau of Land Management Sage-Grouse planning

The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled two virtual public meetings to gather input on issues to consider while it evaluates the need to update range-wide management plans for sagebrush habitat adopted in 2015 and amended in 2019. The agency recently announced its intent to consider amending the plans, which guide management actions for protecting the long-term health of greater sage-grouse populations in 10 Western states.

More than 70 resource management plans currently guide habitat conservation and restoration on 67 million acres of greater sage-grouse habitat the bureau manages. The BLM will examine new scientific information, including the effects of stressors like climate change, invasive grasses, wildfire and drought, to assess actions that may best support sagebrush habitat conservation and restoration on public lands to benefit sage grouse and surrounding communities.

The virtual public forums are scheduled for:

  • January 11: 1 - 2:30 p.m. MST. Click here to register.
  • January 24: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. MST. Click here to register.

During the virtual public meetings, attendees can join by computer or phone. The meetings will start with a presentation by BLM staff followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the BLM. For security purposes, registration is required. To listen and view the meeting via Zoom, listen to the meeting by telephone, or provide verbal public comment during the meeting by Zoom or telephone, you must register.

Written public input can be submitted on the BLM website, For further information, contact Patricia Deibert, National Sage-grouse Coordinator (Acting); email:; address: 440 W 200 S Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101; telephone: 307-757-3709. Public input on planning issues will be accepted until February 7, 2022. A related effort to evaluate the proposed withdrawal of public and Forest System lands in sagebrush focal areas from mineral location and entry is already underway; however is not within the scope of the public meetings.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. 

More information on the virtual meetings is online at The meetings will be recorded and posted at this URL.

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

Northern Natural Resources Consultant Report - May 2020

Carnegie SVRA Alameda-Tesla Expansion Legislation- April 2020

Here we go again with more legislation to stop the Alameda/Tesla Expansion at the Carnegie SVRA. Similar legislation was shot down by both Gov. Brown and Gov. Newsom in the past few years. But they are back again, this time even more aggressively trying to keep the expansion and the SVRA tied up in the Legislature and the courts.

US Fish & Wildlife withdraws proposed Endangered Species Act designation for bi-state Sage Grouse

Designation would have severely restricted OHV recreation in Nevada and eastern California

Bi-State Sage Grouse photo courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service

The US Fish and Wildlife Service announce plans to withdraw a propose rule to extend Endangered Species Act protections to a distinct population of greater sage grouse found only along the California-Nevada border.

After a yearlong review of the bi-state Sage Grouse population, the FWS has determined that the threats are no longer as significant as was believed when FWS first proposed listing the bird as a threatened species in 2013.

Southern Natural Resources Consultant Report - October 2019

The Cal4Wheel website is now hosting a fairly comprehensive Glossary of Landuse and Environmental Terms. ( I have been working on this glossary for the past 15 years by compiling terms and definitions from a variety of landuse documents. It is now in a format that is relatively easy to update with new terms and is a good fit for the Cal4Wheel Access Advocacy section of the website. If you encounter any terms you do not understand, send me a note and I will get it added to the glossary.

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