August 15, 2003
Sage-Grouse Comment Period
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) continues to work with the National Cattlemen?s Beef Association, the American Farm Bureau Association and the Grassland Association to finalize comments on the Bureau of Land Management?s (BLM) Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation Strategy. The strategy places enforceable regulatory requirements on leases and permits within sage-grouse habitat. Approximately 25 percent of the industry is dependent upon this land for grazing.
The final draft will be completed on Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, and will then be forwarded to the Western states for approval. Final comments are due to the BLM on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003.
Individuals wishing to comment can do so via e-mail at: http://www.blm.gov/nhp/spotlight/sage_grouse/comments.htm
or by mail: BLM - Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Strategy Team; 1387 S. Vinnell Way; Boise, ID 83709-1657.
Staff contact: Tom McDonnell, ext. 54