BLM seeks public input on Anticline Adaptive Management
Accepting public comment until Monday, December 20th
by Bureau of Land Management
December 3, 2010
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office (PFO) is seeking public comment on proposed adaptive management measures for the Pinedale Anticline Project Area (PAPA).
Earlier this year, the BLM requested review of the 2008 Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) Record of Decision (ROD) Wildlife Monitoring and Mitigation Matrix. The University of Wyoming Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit (COOP) conducted the review and submitted its recommendations this summer.
In response, the BLM and Wyoming Game & Fish Department developed an "Agency Response to the UW COOP Review" which included adaptive management changes to the Matrix for mule deer, antelope, and Sage-grouse. After a review team of biologists from the BLM and Wyoming Game & Fish Department examined the elements of the Agency Response, it was determined that the changes were needed, that they required immediate implementation, and that additional NEPA planning was not required.
However, prior to implementing these proposed adaptive management changes, the BLM is asking for public comments until Dec. 20. The review team will then be convened to evaluate the comments and make final recommendations.
Mail or deliver written comments to:
Pinedale Field Office
1625 West Pine Street
P.O. Box 768
Pinedale WY 82941
Comments can also be e-mailed to Mark_Thonhoff@blm.gov.
The COOP review and related materials can be found at http://www.wy.blm.gov/jio-papo/papo/wildlife.htm and the Wildlife Matrix can be found at
http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/pfodocs/anticline/seis.html under Appendix B.
The proposed Adaptive Management Memos for Sage-grouse, pronghorn, and mule deer threshold changes to the SEIS ROD Wildlife Matrix can be found at any of the following pages.
For more information, please contact Mark Thonhoff at 307-367-5357 or Shane DeForest at 307-367-5302.