Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Efforts : How will it impact your recreational access to public lands?
The Forest Service (FS) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to amend the Toiyabe National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan and the Carson City and Battle Mountain Resource Management Plans.
These forests include 13 states. Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Restrictions in these states will have monumental consequences for us all.
The Forest Service is in the scoping phase to determine relevant issues relating to the conservation of the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (BSD PS) and its habitat. There is a concern that the greater sage grouse is at risk of losing its habitat. There are groups trying to get the greater sage grouse put on the endangered species list as a way to keep people off public lands. This issue could significantly impact OHV usage. The trails you use today may not be available tomorrow unless you act now.
We need you to become educated on this issue. We need to be proactive. There are a couple links in this email for your information. Please read this and share it widely.
At the end of this email is the contact information for you to leave comments, they must be received by January 30, 2013.
Links for more information:
The following link is the actual scoping notice from USDA Forest Service.
ARRA (Americans for Responsible Recreation Access). This is a great site with background information, the schedule of dates, and links for further information.
The Federal Register (bottom of page 1 thorough page 3)
The following two links are articles from land use sites:
http://www.sharetrails.org/public-lands/10-state-sage-grouse-planning (at the bottom of the page is a great map showing the habitat of the greater sage grouse)
Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received
by January 30, 2013. To comment or for more information contact:
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89523
It is important to provide comments for the agency's preparation of the environmental impact statement. Comments should be provided by the comment period deadline (1/30/13) and should articulate the reviewer's concerns. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the FS with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents.
Keep our trails open. Act now.
Join pro-access groups like the United Four Wheel Drive Associations (www.ufwda.org) to help us continue the fight to protect access for you and your family. Call us toll-free to learn more at 800-44-UFWDA (800) 448-3932. Great holiday gift idea. There is still time to give the gift of a membership in UFWDA. Please join or donate today. Thank you.
Additional information about the Greater Sage Grouse issue is available at:
Federal Register Scoping Notice:
NEVADA & CALIFORNIA - BLM Issues Conservation Policies for Bi-state Sage-grouse Population