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Amodei encourages Nevadans to make voices heard by USFWS and BLM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            Contact:        Brian Baluta, 202-225-6155

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) today encouraged Nevadans to make their voices heard by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) during two important public comment periods.

“The proposed threatened species listing of the bi-state sage hen population and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the greater sage hen have significant consequences for multiple use and represent really our first test for how we solve the larger sage hen problem throughout Nevada and the West,” said Amodei. “In the case of the bi-state, should the listing move ahead, it would designate 1.86 million acres as critical habitat, including federal, state, tribal and private lands in Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Mineral and Esmeralda counties in Nevada and Alpine, Mono and Inyo counties in California.

December 27, 2013is the deadline for public comment on the USFWS proposed listing of the bi-state sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A copy of the finding and additional information is available athttp://www.fws.gov/nevada or by calling 775-861-6300.

January 29, 2014is the deadline for public comment on the Nevada and Northeastern California Sub-Regional Greater Sage Grouse Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The BLM and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will hold a series of public workshops to provide information on the DEIS and how to use the ePlanning system for commenting. Written comments will be accepted during the workshops. The workshops will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. during the following days and locations:

Dec. 3, Four Seasons Building, Modoc County Fairgrounds, 1 Center Street, Cedarville, Calif.

Dec. 4, Jensen Hall, Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave., Susanville, Calif.

Dec. 5, Homewood Suites, 5450 Keitzke Ln., Reno, Nev.

Dec. 9, Tonopah Convention Center, 301 Brougher Ave., Tonopah, Nev.

Dec. 10, Bristlecone Convention Center, 150 Sixth St., Ely, Nev.

Dec. 11, Shilo Inn, 2401 Mountain City Hwy., Elko, Nev.

Dec. 12, Winnemucca Inn, 741 W. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, Nev.

You can submit comments interactively through the ePlanning website, email and regular mail.

Email comments can be sent toblm_nv_ca_sagegrouse_eis_comments@blm.gov. Please put “NVCA GRSG Draft EIS Comment” in the subject line. Comments can also be mailed to: Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Greater Sage-Grouse EIS, 1340 Financial Blvd, Reno, NV 89502.

If you are experiencing difficulty submitting comments, please contact Meghan Brown in the Amodei Elko Office at 775-777-7705.

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