[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 185 (Thursday, September 24, 2015)]
[Pages 57633-57635]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-24213]



Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision and Approved 
Resource Management Plan Amendments for the Great Basin Region Greater 
Sage-Grouse Sub-Regions of Idaho and Southwestern Montana; Nevada and 
Northeastern California; Oregon; and Utah

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability 
of the Record of Decision (ROD) and Approved Resource Management Plan 
Amendments (ARMPAs) for the Great Basin Region Greater Sage-Grouse 
(GRSG) sub-regions of Idaho and Southwestern Montana, Nevada and 
Northeastern California, Oregon, and Utah. The Assistant Secretary for 
Land and Minerals Management of the U.S. Department of the Interior 
signed the ROD.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD and ARMPAs are available upon request and 
are also available for public inspection at the addresses listed in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. Interested persons may also review 
the ROD and ARMPAs on the internet at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For the Idaho and Southwestern Montana 
GRSG ARMPA: Jonathan Beck, BLM Idaho State Office GRSG Planning Lead,

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telephone 208-373-4070; address 1387 South Vinnell Way, Boise ID 83709; 
email [email protected].
    For the Nevada and Northeastern California GRSG ARMPA: Lauren 
Mermejo, BLM Nevada State Office GRSG Project Lead, telephone 775-861-
6580; address 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno NV, 89502; email 
[email protected].
    For the Oregon GRSG ARMPA: Joan Suther, BLM Oregon/Washington State 
Office GRSG Planning Lead, telephone 541-573-4445; address BLM Burns 
District, 28910 Hwy 20 West, Hines, OR, 97738; email [email protected].
    For the Utah GRSG ARMPA: Quincy Bahr, BLM Utah State Office GRSG 
Project Lead, telephone 801-539-4122; address 440 West 200 South, Suite 
500, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1345; email [email protected].
    Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to 
contact the above individuals during normal business hours. The FIRS is 
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question 
with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal 
business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ROD and the ARMPAs for the Great Basin 
Region GRSG sub-regions of Idaho and Southwestern Montana, Nevada and 
Northeastern California, Oregon, and Utah were developed through a 
collaborative planning process in order to incorporate land use plan 
level measures into existing BLM land use plans to protect, enhance, 
and restore GRSG and their habitat by reducing, eliminating, or 
minimizing threats to GRSG habitat in the context of the BLM's 
multiple-use and sustained yield mission under FLPMA.
    The ARMPAs approved by the ROD include land use allocations that 
limit or eliminate new surface disturbance in GRSG Priority Habitat 
Management Areas (PHMA), while minimizing disturbance in GRSG General 
Habitat Management Areas (GHMA). The Idaho and Southwestern Montana 
ARMPA also includes Important Habitat Management Areas (IHMA) in Idaho, 
where management provides a buffer for PHMAs and connects patches of 
PHMAs. IHMAs encompass areas of generally moderate to high value 
habitat and/or populations, but that are not as important as PHMAs. The 
Nevada and Northeastern California ARMPA also includes Other Habitat 
Management Areas (OHMA), which is unmapped habitat that contains 
seasonal or connectivity habitat areas. BLM management of these areas 
is limited to the application of required design features (RDFs) for 
certain authorizations when applicable.
    In addition to establishing protective land use allocations, the 
ARMPAs implement a suite of management decisions, such as the 
establishment of disturbance limits, GRSG habitat objectives, 
mitigation requirements, monitoring protocols, and adaptive management 
triggers and responses, as well as other conservation measures 
throughout the range.
    The cumulative effect of these measures is to protect, improve, and 
restore GRSG habitat across the remaining range of the species in the 
Great Basin and provide greater certainty that BLM land and resource 
management activities in GRSG habitat will lead to conservation of the 
GRSG and other species associated with the sagebrush ecosystem in the 
    The ARMPAs approved by the ROD amend the following BLM Resource 
Management Plans (RMPs) and Management Framework Plans (MFPs), 
completed in the year indicated:


 Alturas RMP (2008)
 Eagle Lake RMP (2008)
 Surprise RMP (2008)


 Bennett Hills/Timmerman Hills MFP (1980)
 Big Desert MFP (1981)
 Big Lost MFP (1983)
 Bruneau MFP (1983)
 Cassia RMP (1985)
 Cascade RMP (1988)
 Challis RMP (1999)
 Craters of the Moon National Monument RMP (2006)
 Kuna (1983)
 Jarbidge RMP (2015)
 Lemhi RMP (1987)
 Little Lost-Birch Creek MFP (1981)
 Magic MFP (1975)
 Monument RMP (1985)
 Medicine Lodge RMP (1985)
 Owyhee RMP (1999)
 Pocatello RMP (2012)
 Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area RMP 
 Sun Valley MFP (1981)
 Twin Falls MFP (1982)


 Dillon RMP (2006)


 Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon NCA RMP (2004)
 Carson City Consolidated RMP (2001)
 Elko RMP (1987)
 Ely RMP (2008)
 Shoshone-Eureka RMP (1986)
 Tonopah RMP (1997)
 Wells RMP (1985)
 Winnemucca RMP (2015)


 Andrews RMP (2005)
 Baker RMP (1989)
 Brothers-LaPine RMP (1989)
 Lakeview RMP (2003)
 Southeastern Oregon RMP (2003)
 Steens RMP (2005)
 Three Rivers RMP (1992)
 Upper Deschutes RMP (2005)


 Box Elder RMP (1986)
 Cedar/Beaver/Garfield/Antimony RMP (1986)
 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Management Plan 
 House Range RMP (1987)
 Kanab RMP (2008)
 Park City MFP (1975)
 Pinyon MFP (1978)
 Pony Express RMP (1990)
 Price RMP (2008)
 Randolph MFP (1980)
 Richfield RMP (2008)
 Salt Lake District Isolated Tracts Planning Analysis (1985)
 Vernal RMP (2008)
 Warm Springs RMP (1987)

    The Idaho and Southwestern Montana, Nevada and Northeastern 
California, and Utah Draft Land Use Plan Amendments (LUPAs)/Draft 
Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) and Proposed LUPAs/Final EISs 
included proposed GRSG management direction for National Forest System 
lands. However, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has completed a separate 
ROD and Land and Resource Management Plans under USFS planning 
authorities. Management decisions within the ROD and ARMPAs apply only 
to BLM-administered lands.
    Across all four sub-regions in the Great Basin Region, the ROD and 
ARMPAs amend existing land use plan decisions on a total of 
approximately 90 million BLM-administered surface acres.
    A Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Great Basin Region GRSG 
Proposed LUPAs and Final EISs for the Idaho and Southwestern Montana, 
Nevada and Northeastern California, Oregon, and Utah sub-regions was 
published in the Federal Register on May 29, 2015, which initiated a 
30-day protest period and a 60-day Governor's consistency review 
    The BLM received 133 timely and valid protest submissions across 
all four Great Basin Proposed LUPAs/Final EISs. All protests have been 
resolved and/or dismissed. For a full description of the

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issues raised during the protest period and how they were addressed, 
please refer to the Director's Protest Resolution Reports for all four 
ARMPAs, which are available at the following Web site: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/planning/planning_overview/protest_resolution/protestreports.html.
    The BLM received notifications of inconsistencies and 
recommendations as to how to resolve them during the Governor's 
consistency review period from the States of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, 
Oregon, and Utah. The BLM also received a concurrence letter of 
consistency from the State of California. On August 6, 2015, the BLM 
State Directors for Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah sent 
notification letters to their respective States as to whether they 
accepted or rejected their recommendations for consistency. The States 
were then given thirty days to appeal the State Directors' decisions. 
The States of Idaho, Nevada, and Utah appealed the BLM State Directors' 
decisions. The BLM Director affirmed the State Directors' decisions on 
these recommendations as the recommendations did not provide the 
balance required by 43 CFR 1610.3-2(e). The Director communicated his 
decisions on the appeals in writing to the Governors concurrently with 
the release of the RODS.
    The Proposed LUPAs/Final EISs were selected in the ROD as the 
ARMPAs, with some minor modifications and clarifications based on 
protests received, the Governors' consistency reviews, and internal 
agency deliberations.
    Copies of the Idaho and Southwestern Montana GRSG ROD and ARMPA are 
available upon request and are available for public inspection at:

 BLM Idaho State Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise ID 83709;
 BLM Boise District Office, 3948 Development Avenue, Boise, ID 
 BLM Owyhee Field Office, 20 First Avenue West, Marsing, ID 
 BLM Idaho Falls District Office, 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho 
Falls, ID 83401;
 BLM Salmon Field Office, 1206 South Challis Street, Salmon, ID 
 BLM Challis Field Office, 1151 Blue Mountain Road, Challis, ID 
 BLM Pocatello Field Office, 4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, ID 
 BLM Twin Falls District Office, 2536 Kimberly Road, Twin 
Falls, ID 83301;
 BLM Shoshone Field Office, 400 West F Street, Shoshone, ID 
 BLM Burley Field Office, 15 East 200 South, Burley, ID 83318;
 BLM Coeur d'Alene District Office, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur 
d'Alene, ID 83815;
 BLM Cottonwood Field Office, 1 Butte Drive, Cottonwood, ID 
 BLM Montana State Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT 
 BLM Butte District Office, 106 North Parkmont, Butte, MT 
59701; and
 BLM Dillon Field Office, 1005 Selway Drive, Dillon, MT 59725-

    Copies of the Nevada and Northeastern California GRSG ROD and ARMPA 
are available upon request and are available for public inspection at:

 BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV, 
 BLM Winnemucca District Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Boulevard, 
Winnemucca, NV, 89445;
 BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, NV, 
 BLM Elko District Office, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV, 
 BLM Carson City District Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson 
City, NV, 89701;
 BLM Battle Mountain District Office, 50 Bastian Road, Battle 
Mountain, NV, 89820;
 BLM California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1623, 
Sacramento, CA, 95825;
 BLM Alturas Field Office, 708 W. 12th Street, Alturas, CA, 
 BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, 2950 Riverside Drive, Susanville, 
CA, 96130; and
 BLM Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler Street, Cedarville, 
CA, 96104.

    Copies of the Oregon GRSG ROD and ARMPA are available upon request 
and are available for public inspection at:

 BLM Oregon State Office, 1220 SW. 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR 
 BLM Baker Resource Area Office, 3100 H Street, Baker City, OR 
 BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, OR 
 BLM Lakeview District Office, 1301 S. G Street, Lakeview, OR 
 BLM Prineville District Office, 3050 NE. 3rd Street, 
Prineville, OR 97754; and
 BLM Vale District Office, 100 Oregon Street, Vale, OR 97918.

    Copies of the Utah GRSG ROD and ARMPA are available upon request 
and are available for public inspection at:
 BLM Utah State Office, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt 
Lake City, UT, 84101;
 BLM Cedar City Field Office, 176 East D.L. Sargent Drive, 
Cedar City, UT 84721;
 BLM Fillmore Field Office, 95 East 500 North, Fillmore, UT 
 BLM Kanab Field Office and Grand Staircase-Escalante National 
Monument, 669 South Highway 89A, Kanab, UT 84741;
 BLM Price Field Office, 125 South 600 West, Price, UT 84501;
 BLM Richfield Field Office, 150 East 900 North, Richfield, UT 
 BLM Salt Lake Field Office, 2370 S. Decker Lake Boulevard, 
West Valley City, UT 84119; and
 BLM Vernal Field Office, 170 South 500 East, Vernal, UT 84078.

    Authority:  36 CFR 219.59, 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 
1610.2; 43 CFR 1610.5.

Amy Lueders,
Acting Assistant Director, Renewable Resources & Planning.
[FR Doc. 2015-24213 Filed 9-22-15; 4:15 pm]