Public Meeting Set in Lakeview for PEIS on Fuel Breaks & Restoration

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Public Meetings Set for BLM Fuel Breaks and Restoration Environmental Impact Statements

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management will hold 14 public meetings in six western states to identify issues and receive public comments. The purpose of these meetings is to gather input for the preparation of two Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements (PEIS) aimed at reducing wildfires and restoring sagebrush steppe habitat.

The two PEISs will analyze future projects in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah and California. One will analyze fuels breaks, which slow the advance of wildfire and thereby reduce the threat to life and property, among other benefits. The other will analyze restoration work of burned areas, with an emphasis on replacing invasive species with native and other species more conducive to sagebrush-steppe health. BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation as we pursue our multiple-use mission. When completed, the two documents will provide standard analyses for fuels breaks and restoration projects, thereby reducing the need for in-depth evaluation on an individual project basis.

"The fuel break PEIS will help us to limit the size of wildfires and provide better protection for the public and firefighters," said John Ruhs, BLM Nevada State Director. "The restoration PEIS will speed the recovery of burned areas, helping the vegetation to recover faster and minimize the disruption of local economies."

BLM will accept comments until March 1, 2018. Comments may be submitted in writing at the public meetings, by email at GRSG_PEIS@blm.gov or by fax at (208) 373-3805. Written comments may also be sent via mail to Jonathan Beck, BLM Idaho State Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise, ID 83709.

All of the scoping meetings listed will be conducted from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Location

Date

Venue

Address

CALIFORNIA







Susanville, CA

2/6/18

BLM Eagle Field Office

2550 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA 96130

IDAHO







Boise, ID

1/30/18

Wyndham Garden Hotel, Boise Airport

3300 S. Vista Ave. Boise, ID 83705

Twin Falls, ID

2/13/18

Canyon Springs Red Lion Inn

1357 Blue Lakes Blvd. Twin Falls, ID 83301

Idaho Falls, ID

2/14/18

Hilton Garden Inn

700 Lindsay Blvd. Idaho Falls, ID 83402

NEVADA







Reno, NV

2/7/18

UNR, Crowley Student Union, Milt Glick Ballroom C

1644 N. Virginia St. Reno, NV 89503

Elko, NV

2/8/18

Red Lion Hotel High Desert Inn Ballroom

2065 Idaho St. Elko, NV 89801

Ely, NV

2/13/18

BLM Ely District Office

702 N. Industrial Way Ely, NV 89301

OREGON







Lakeview, OR

2/7/18

BLM Lakeview Interagency District Office

1301 S. G Street Lakeview, OR 97630

Burns, OR

2/8/18

Harney County Chamber of Commerce/Community Center

484 N. Broadway Burns, OR 97720

UTAH







Salt Lake City, UT

2/15/18

Courtyard by Marriot Downtown

345 W. 100 South Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Snowville, UT

1/31/18

Snowville Elementary School

160 N. Stone Road Snowville, UT 84336

Cedar City, UT

2/14/18

Heritage Center – Festival Hall

105 North 100 East Cedar City, UT 84720

Vernal, UT

2/1/18

Uintah Conference Center

313 East 200 South Vernal, UT 84078

WASHINGTON







Moses Lake, WA

2/1/18

Moses Lake Best Western

3000 W. Marina Dr. Moses Lake, WA 98837