Sage Grouse Group Wants Public Comment

Sage grouse. Image courtesy Wyoming Game & Fish.
Sage grouse. Image courtesy Wyoming Game & Fish.

The Northeast Wyoming Sage-Grouse Working Group will hold an open house to gather public comment for their Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan Addendum.

The meeting will be from 11am to 1pm Tuesday, November 5 at the Campbell County Library, located at 2101 4-J Rd in Gillette.

A public comment period will began October 12th and will run through November 16th. Comments will be taken at the open house or can be sent to local working group member Dan Thiele at Dan.Thiele@wyo.gov or mailed to 700 Valley View Drive, Sheridan, WY 82801.

Comments must be received no later than November 16th.
Interested persons can find the addendum online at: http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/wild.... The original plan, Northeast Wyoming Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan, can also be found at that website.

The Northeast Wyoming Sage-Grouse Working Group is one of eight local working groups statewide, composed of citizens representing various stakeholder groups interested in sage-grouse conservation and land management issues.

The group has already developed and initiated a conservation plan to benefit sage-grouse and other species that use sagebrush habitats.

The Game and Fish asked each local group to update their sage-grouse plans to reflect new policies and information that have become available since the plans were originally completed in 2007. Some of these policies are the Governor's Sage-Grouse Executive Orders, the BLM’s Instructional Memorandum, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's threatened and endangered species listing decision in 2010.

In addition, the plan update details sage-grouse conservation practices that the group has prioritized for funding via the legislature’s biennial sage-grouse conservation fund appropriation to each local working group.

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