New comment deadlines for sage grouse, other plans

The BLM initially scheduled 90 days for comment on the North Dakota Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment/Environmental Impact Statement, ending on Dec. 26, 2013. Due to the lapse in appropriations and the resulting Federal government shutdown, the documents were not available on the BLM website from Oct. 1 through Oct. 16, 2013. Accordingly, the new date for the close of the comment period is now Jan. 13, 2014.

Additional planning efforts that have new comment period deadlines are the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range Prescribed Fire Preliminary Environmental Assessment now closing on November 4, and the Golden Asset Mine Access Road Right-of-Way Application Environmental Assessment, closing on Nov. 1. Also, comments on a proposed project planning effort in the Missouri River Foothills are now due by Nov. 12.

Public involvement is an essential and required part of the planning process, and comments submitted by the new dates will be considered before the BLM makes a final decision.