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BLM to host communication forum
by Tribune Staff
Feb 18, 2012 | 1065 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ELKO — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Elko District Office is hosting an open communications forum Feb. 29 to provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about projects being undertaken by the Elko District as well as a forum to provide input to the BLM.

This is the first of several planned forums to maintain an open dialogue between BLM and the many users of America’s public lands. Topics for this forum include sage-grouse conservation and the Spruce Mountain restoration project. Specialists will present material on the above topics as well as be available for discussion.

After topic presentations, there will be an opportunity for public speaking. Comments can be made regarding any topic and will be recorded for future BLM use. Written comments will be accepted as well.

The forum is open to the public and will be at the Elko District Office located at 3900 E. Idaho St., Elko. The forum begins at 6 p.m. and is expected to last about two hours. Public speakers will need to register either at the event or prior to by email at BLM_NV_ELDOWebmail@blm.gov or by calling Lesli Ellis at 775-753-0386. Requests will need to include requestor’s name, address and phone number along with the topic of their comment.

Before including your address, phone number or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment — including your personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The BLM and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are seeking public comment on issues that should be addressed in Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements (SEISs) that will evaluate and provide greater sage-grouse conservation measures in land use plans in 10 Western states. To address requests for additional time to provide comment, the two agencies have extended the public scoping period an additional 45 days and will continue to accept scoping comments through March 23, 2012.

Comments may be submitted to the BLM by visiting http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/western.html, emailing sagewest@blm.gov, faxing 775-861-6747 or sending mail to Western Region Project Manager, BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV 89502.
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