Attached is a copy of the Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association’s comment letter submitted for the Greater Sage-Grouse Bi-State Distinctive Population Segment (Bi-State DPS) Forest Plan Revision Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was sent to the Humboldt-Toiyabe NF on January 7, 2014. This DEIS covered 8 counties in Nevada and California and totalled 1.8 million acres, stretching from Gardnerville, NV to south of Bishop, CA.
The last day to send comments on this DEIS is January 17, 2014.
Next up is the Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement. Comments are due to the Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Office by January 29th, 2014.
Strangely, the comment period for the US Fish and Wildlife Service notice of intent to list the Sage-Grouse as a “threatened” species has been moved out until February 10, 2014. The actual listing, if it happens, will not occur until 2015. As you can see by the above dates, the US Government is “business as usual” with the land agencies spending time and money planning for protection of a bird that is not listed and may never be….