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Collaboration the key to Sage Grouse success

BLM logoRENO, Nev.  In an effort to find common ground to preserve sage brush ecosystem in Nevada, federal and state agencies and key stakeholders have agreed to form working groups to identify regulatory flexibility and improve communication and outreach between themselves and the public.

The agreement came from a workshop held in Reno in early December that focused on collaboration. The workshop, which was attended by about 80 people, was organized by the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service and the State of Nevada. The primary focus of the workshop was teaching participants how to work with each other in order to find common ground, respect others’ point of view, and effectively manage conflict when dealing with issues related to conservation of the sagebrush ecosystem.

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BLM Mitigation Policy Final Released

BLM logoBLM Provides Mitigation Guidance To Lessen and Offset Impact of Development on Public Lands

National Mitigation Policy Provides Roadmap for Approving Projects

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today finalized itspolicyfor how to lessen and offset adverse environmental effects caused by various uses of the public lands.  This announcement formalizes the agency’s knowledge developed through years of applying mitigation measures in the context of its multiple use and sustained yield mission.

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Biological Opinions for the Resource Management Plans of Western Oregon Publicly Available

BLM LogoPortland, Ore. – The National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publicly released the Biological Opinions for the Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for Western Oregon. Biological Opinions are a formal part of the planning process, and state the consulting agency's opinion on whether the project is likely to jeopardize a listed species or destroy or adversely modify a listed species' critical habitat. In summary:

Wild Horse and Burro Populations Increase

BLM logoWild Horses and Burros on Public Rangelands Now 2.5 Times Greater than 1971 when Protection Law Was Passed

BLM seeks to expand initiatives to address problems with new legislative authority

  • 46,000 Horses Already Being Cared for Off-Range
  • Off-Range Care of Unadopted Horses Would Exceed $1 Billion
  • Necessary Horse Gathers Exceed Available Space and Funding

The Bureau of Land Management announced today that as of March 1, 2016, more than 67,000 wild horses and burros are roaming Western public rangelands – a 15 percent increase over the estimated 2015 population.

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Significant Progress Made in Landscape-Scale Management Efforts in 2015

BLM LogoProgress on Greater Sage-Grouse, Wildfire Prevention, and Responsible Energy Development

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 2015 made major strides toward addressing challenges that require action, analysis and planning across broad landscapes. The Bureau’s accomplishments over the past year include unprecedented efforts to conserve Greater Sage-Grouse; to devise new approaches to prevent and respond to wildfire; to make land- use planning efforts more timely, science-driven and adaptable; and to protect sensitive resources while enabling responsible energy development.  These actions exemplify how the BLM is addressing broad challenges to more effectively meet national, state, and local needs on the national public lands.

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