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This planning activity encompasses approximately 5.3 million acres of public land within the Upper Snake River District. The planning process will comply with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The BLM will work closely with interested parties to identify the management decisions that are best suited to the needs of the public. This collaborative process will take into account local, regional, and
Public meetings will be held throughout the plan scoping and preparation period. In order to ensure local community participation and input, public meetings will most likely be held in Burley, Shoshone, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello. Specific dates and locations for public participation will be published in local papers and broadcast on local community calendars at a later date. The public will be given opportunities to participate through workshops and open house meetings throughout the planning process to work collaboratively with BLM in identifying the full range of issues to be addressed in the plan amendment and EIS and developing alternatives to be analyzed in the EIS.
The proposed plan amendments would: (1) Establish resource area-wide objectives for fire, fuels, and related vegetation management direction, (2) delineate fire management areas, (3) identify broad vegetation treatments, and (4) identify general restrictions on fire management practices. Anticipated issues for the plan amendments include: protection of human life, protection of property, protection of natural/cultural resources, integration of fire and resource management, air quality, and wildlife habitat. The planning process for this Fire Management Direction Plan Amendment will utilize a collaborative approach. This will allow the public, Tribes, State and Federal agencies, local elected officials, and BLM subject matter specialists to participate in scoping and the development and analysis of alternatives. Public scoping to identify specific issues to be addressed in the plan will be an early opportunity for the public to provide input. Subsequent opportunities for public involvement will occur at specific stages in the planning process.
Agency representatives and interested persons are invited to visit with Upper Snake River District officials at any time during the EIS process. In addition, two specific time periods are identified for the receipt of formal comments. The two comment periods are, (1) during the scoping process (60 days following publication of this Notice in the