As we shared last week, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published in the January 21
the notice of their plans to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider proposed revisions to the agency’s grazing regulations. The agency’s stated intentions for the proposed revisions is to update, modernize and streamline the grazing regulations and provide greater flexibility for land and resource management.
Through this rulemaking, the BLM seeks to improve existing land-use planning and grazing permitting procedures, while simultaneously promoting public lands conservation. The BLM hopes to improve its stewardship of the nation’s rangeland resources by strengthening controls to prevent unauthorized grazing, enhancing environmental protections across various non-grazing land-use programs, and improving public input opportunities.
The current phase of the full EIS process is known as “scoping” which seeks to determine relevant issues and alternatives to be considered in the environmental analysis.
Nevada Farm Bureau is working to prepare our organization’s input for scoping and we also strongly encourage a strong turnout of interested members to attend the public scoping meeting that will be held…
February 18 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Elko Convention Center, 700 Moren Way
There will also be three meetings other similar meetings to be held in Miles, Montana; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Casper, Wyoming.
The deadline for Scoping is
March 6, 2020.
Meeting information, announcements, instructions on how to provide comments, and pertinent documents can be found at the BLM website
at this link
In preparing Farm Bureau’s scoping input, we have found it to be very useful to use
this scoping guide
which offers good insight on how to form your scoping input to be effective.
We’ve also been focusing our comments to follow the specific questions that BLM has included in the Federal Register Notice. These specific topics include:
- Requesting input on responding with regulations to address the Government Accountability Offices’ issue of BLM dealing with “Unauthorized Grazing – Actions Needed To Improve Tracking and Deterrence Efforts”
- Updating and modernizing regulations including revision of definitions
- Improving permit efficiency
- Changes to how BLM issues decisions on various matters like crossing permits, temporary nonrenewable permits and authorizing grazing to reduce wildfire risk
- Promoting land health
- Public Participation
For more information, contact Seth Flanigan, BLM Project Manager, at 208-384-3450 or