STATEWIDE — Gov. Mark Gordon has extended the public comment period to seek additional comment on the Sage-Grouse Core Area Map revisions proposed by the Sage-grouse Implementation Team (SGIT) until 5 p.m. on July 28.
As was anticipated, this round of reviewing sage-grouse core area maps has sparked significant public interest. In response to that interest, Gov. Mark Gordon and SGIT will hold additional meetings with landowners and other stakeholders to outline, explain, take comments and discuss the proposed changes to the map.
The proposed changes put forward by the SGIT were a result of the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to revise the 2019 greater sage-grouse plans.
“The original time frame for the review of the SGIT proposal was driven by the BLM’s process for the development of an environmental impact statement,” Gov. Gordon said. “While I understand their agency’s desire to move forward efficiently, folks affected by the potential addition of sage-grouse core areas need additional time and the opportunity to discuss the state’s process. These are not insignificant matters. I know – I ranch in a sage-grouse core area.”