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BLM Resource Advisory Council Discussing Sage Grouse Habitat

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Members of the Bureau of Land Management’s Northeast California Resource Advisory Council will meet to review and comment on a draft environmental impact statement regarding conservation of greater sage-grouse and their habitat in Nevada and northeast California.

The public meeting will be held Wednesday, December 4th, at 10:00a.m., at the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, 2950 Riverside Drive in Susanville.

Anyone interested will have the opportunity to address the council at 11:00a.m.

The 15-member Resource Advisory Council will receive comments developed by its sage-grouse conservation subcommittee on the draft EIS that will amend 12 BLM resource management plans in Nevada and northeast California.

Plans for the Alturas, Eagle Lake and Surprise field offices are included in the process.

The draft document contains six management alternatives. A public comment period is now underway.

Additional information on the draft EIS can be found at http://on.doi.gov/1dxWdQt.

Greater Sage-Grouse stand up to two feet tall and weigh between two and seven pounds. Females are smaller and mottled brown, black and white. Males are more colorful and have spiked tails and large white ruffs around their necks.

The male’s most distinctive feature may be bright yellow air sacs on the chest, which they inflate during courtship displays. The hens’ less-showy coloring helps hide them from predators, especially when they have young to protect.

Learn more about the Greater Sage-Grouse

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