Bi-State FWS Response

EOC Materials in Support of Implementation and Effectiveness for the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse

In early 2014, the Executive Oversight Committee (EOC) of the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of the Greater Sage-grouse (BSDPS) requested the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) reopen the commenting period on the proposed listing decision of the BSDPS. The FWS granted the request and the EOC responded with a document summarizing agency commitments, new scientific information, conservation actions to date, and additional materials that provide for the certainty of implementation and certainty of effectiveness for the long-term conservation of the BSDPS. The document compiled and submitted to the FWS, along with the cover letter to FWS Director Dan Ashe, is made available to all interested parties through this webpage.

The overall success of the conservation actions identified and implemented to date, and the guarantees for commitments going forward, are the result of more than just the EOC. The EOC wants to recognize all parties that have been working to successfully manage the species and its habitats, but especially the BSDPS Local Working Group members that have focused on this conservation challenge for over a decade. Similarly, the Technical Advisory Committee provided guidance and science support critical for the identification and implementation of effective conservation actions. Also, Mono County provided staff and county resources that greatly enhanced the final compiled document. Through the efforts of all parties, the BSDPS serves as an example of varied stakeholders proactively meeting a conservation challenge with thoughtful, science-based planning and action for the benefit of a species and its habitats.

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EOC Cover Letter

Cover Page

Table of Contents

Certainty of Implementation

  1. Letters of Commitment
    1. Nevada Department of Wildlife
    2. California Department of Fish and Wildlife
    3. United States Department of Agriculture: Forest Service (USFS)/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
    4. United States Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
    5. United States Geological Survey (USGS)
    6. Mono County
  2. Bi-State Sage-Grouse Conservation Strategy Flowchart
  3. Memorandum of Understanding Facilitating Interagency Cooperation
  4. Bi-State Action Plan: Past, Present, and Future Actions for Conservation of the Greater Sage-Grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segments (BSDPS)
  5. Service First Agreement Between Federal Land Management Agencies

Certainty of Effectiveness

  1. Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to the EOC
    1. TAC Summary Letter of Implementation to Date and Effectiveness
    2. Science Support for Effectiveness of Actions by Threat to Conserve the BSDPS
    3. Nevada Partners for Conservation and Development Vegetation Monitoring Protocol
    4. Bi-State Sage-grouse Habitat Characterization and Verification
    5. Summary Maps of BSDPS Conservation Actions Proposed and Completed
    6. USDA Forest Service, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest New Science Letter
    7. Bi-State Integrated Population Model

Regulatory Mechanisms and Assurances

  1. Land Management and Permitting Entities - Regulatory Mechanisms for BSDPS Sage-Grouse Conservation
    1. Letter of Summary for Proposed Land Use Plan Amendments: Carson City DistrictBLM and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest USFS
    2. Carson City District BLM and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest USFS Summary of Threats and Regulatory Mechanisms to Address Threats
    3. Bishop Field Office BLM Summary of Existing Regulatory Mechanisms contained in the Bishop Resource Management Plan
    4. Letter of Summary for Inyo National Forest USFS Regulatory Mechanisms
    5. Inyo National Forest USFS Comments on the BSDPS Proposed Listing
    6. Inyo National Forest USFS Comments on the BSDPS Proposed Critical Habitat Designation
    7. Mono County Summary of Private Lands and Lands Under Conservation