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Sage-Grouse Implementation Team meetings set for Baker City and Prineville
 
May 5, 2011

 

Bend, Ore. – The Baker City and Prineville Sage-Grouse Conservation Strategy Implementation teams will meet on May 17 and May 19, respectively, to review and recommend changes to the Core Area maps as defined in the March revision of the updated Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy for Oregon.

The Baker City meeting will be held at the Baker County Extension office, 2600 East Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Prineville meeting will be held at the Stafford Inn, 1773 NE 3rd Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The purpose of the meetings is to provide public involvement in refining boundaries of Core Area Maps. Any recommended changes to the Core Area map will be forwarded to the Oregon Sage Grouse and Sagebrush Habitat Conservation Team for review.

The meetings are open to the public, and there will be a public comment period.

Core Are Maps are used to provide guidance to land use planners, land managers and the public as to the areas of greatest biological importance to the persistence of sage-grouse populations. These areas should be targeted for conservation actions or protections when large-scale disturbances are proposed. Core Area maps also provide a broad-scale filter to assist planners, County, State and Federal agencies to identify areas of likely high and low resource conflicts associated with development proposals.

The Baker City and Prineville teams represent two of five local teams. There is a team for each Bureau of Land Management District within the current distribution of sage-grouse in Oregon as well as one in the Baker Resource Area in the Vale district.

Public meetings will be held in each of the Implementation Team areas. Meetings for the Burns and Vale Implementation teams will be held in late May or early June and will be announced in advance.

The draft plan, Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy for Oregon, is available on ODFW’s website.

   

Contact:

Christian Hagen, ODFW Sage Grouse Conservation Coordinator, (541) 633-1119
 
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