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Deadline to comment on BLM’s greater sage grouse RMP amendment’s DEIS

June 13 @ 9:50 am - 9:59 pm

Deadline to comment on BLM’s greater sage grouse RMP amendment’s DEIS (3 volumes) is June 13th, 2024.  They are giving us 90 days.  The time of day deadline is mountain time, just before midnight on the 13th.
Watch for updates on the time zone the midnight deadline will fall in.

The US Geological Survey found that the greater sage grouse population declined 80% between 168 and 2023. PHAS believes the proposed BLM RMO amendments need to be stronger.

BLM says in it’s  press release:

“WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is announcing a draft plan to strengthen greater sage-grouse conservation and management on public lands, informed by the best-available science and input from local, state, federal, and Tribal partners. The draft plan is built on decades of partnership, research, and on-the-ground knowledge and experience in maintaining, protecting and restoring healthy sagebrush habitats….

Alternatives in the proposal build on the most successful components of the plans that the BLM adopted in 2015 and updated in 2019. The draft plan incorporates new sage-grouse conservation science and lessons learned, accommodating changing resources conditions while increasing implementation flexibility. The agency considered nearly 1,900 comments gathered during an initial public scoping period and information shared by state, local, federal, and Tribal partners in more than 100 meetings. There are 6 alternative and BLM prefers alternative 5.

The BLM will hold 13 public meetings to answer questions and take further comments on the draft alternatives and analysis. Information on public meetings will be posted in the events column on the main page of the BLM website. ”

For more info:


To access DEISs:


Written comments may  be submitted by email (BLM_HQ_GRSG_Planning@blm.gov) or physically at BLM Utah State Office, ATTN: HQ GRSG RMPA, 440 West 200 South #500, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.
The preferred method of comment is using the “Participate Now” function on this website: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2016719/530
. Commenters are encouraged to comment using only one of the available approaches.

More information on how to comment on this draft will be posted at https://www.blm.gov/sagegrouse

History – The Obama Administration rewrote the national BLM plans for greater sage grouse, then Trump Administration rewrote those,  environmental groups sued over both versions and Judge Windmill enjoined the Trump Administration’s BLM plans.  The Biden  Administration has released their version.    To access DEISs: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2016719/570 
Quote from Vol 1 of  Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement – On States covered:
“The BLM’s land management plans (collectively referred to as resource management plans [RMP]) include goals, objectives, and management actions for managing GRSG habitat on BLM-administered public lands in ten Western states (California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming). These plans include management for GRSG Habitat Management Areas to provide for conservation,
enhancement, and restoration of GRSG habitat. GRSG also occur in Washington but have limited distribution on BLM-administered lands and are primarily influenced by actions on private lands. Therefore, GRSG in Washington are not included as part of this plan amendment.”
It is suggested that folks from South Dakota or North Dakota and  Montana ask for 10.2  inch residual grass height after grazing by livestock is completed, as our sage brush are smaller than other western sage brush and the sage grouse need the extra help from taller grass for cover.
Western Watersheds Project, Center for Biological Diversity,American Bird Conservancy, Advocates for the West, — joint opinions of Biden’s BLM’s recommended amendments: https://www.westernwatersheds.org/2024/03/conservation-groups-give-a-thumbs-down-to-biden-administrations-proposed-sage-grouse-plan/
American Bird Conservancy opinions-
Prairie Hills Audubon Society web page on greater sage grouse (we are parties to litigation driving this rewrite).
Center for Biological Diversity on-line Form letter:
National Audubon Society’s on-line Form letterhttps://act.audubon.org/a/sage-grouse-habitat?ms=chapter-V02
American Bird Conservancy on-line Form letter
Defenders of Wildlife

Prairie Hills Audubon Society’s June 10th, 2024 meeting on greater sage grouse & BLM’s rewrite of Resource Management plans. Erik Molvar of Western Watershed Projects speaking

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The BLM held eleven (11) in-person open-house and two (2) virtual public meetings to provide information on the BLM’s current greater sage-grouse planning effort. All these meetings included a presentation on the planning effort and opportunities for questions about the planning effort and the Draft RMPA/Draft EIS. The meetings were scheduled in the following locations: 

– Tuesday, April 9 – Virtual meeting 

– Thursday, April 11 – Billings (MT) 

– Tuesday, April 16 – Reno (NV)

– Wednesday, April 17 – Craig (CO) and Lakeview (OR) 

– Thursday, April 18 – Cheyenne (WY), Boise (ID), and Ontario (OR) 

– Monday, April 22 – Rock Springs (WY) 

– Tuesday, April 23 – Worland (WY) and Salt Lake City (UT) 

– Wednesday, April 24 – Casper (WY)

– Thursday, April 25 – Virtual meeting 

Additional details on the times and locations/venues for these meetings was to be provided at least 15 days before the meeting. 


June 13
9:50 am - 9:59 pm