RENO, Nev. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period on its
proposal to protect the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of greater sage-grouse along the
California-Nevada border as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The proposal
includes a special rule that would provide increased flexibility for land management practices that are
intended to benefit the sage-grouse. The additional 30-day comment period will be announced in the
Federal Register on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
The extra comment period is necessary because the Service received new information regarding
population trends. Additionally, interagency funding commitments were recently announced for various
conservation efforts associated with the Bi-State Action Plan. Comments previously submitted need not
be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered. The final listing decision will be published on or before
April 28, 2015.
Click here for more information: http://www.fws.gov/nevada/highlights/news_releases/2014/nr-bsgsg_comment_reopen-8-4-14.pdf
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