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(Lander, Wyo.) – The Wind River/Sweetwater River Sage-Grouse Working Group will hold a public meeting to solicit comments for their Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan update.

There will be a public open house to discuss the revised plan at 6 p.m., Thursday, February 6, at the Game and Fish regional office, 260 Buena Vista Dr., Lander, WY 82520. Interested persons can find the updated and original plan online at: http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/wildlife-1000817.aspx# .

Written comments will be accepted through February 28, 2014. Comments may be mailed to Stan Harter at the address above or via email to Stan.Harter@wyo.gov.

The Wind River/Sweetwater River Sage-Grouse Working Group is one of eight local working groups statewide. Each is composed of citizens representing various groups interested in sage-grouse conservation and associated land management issues. The group has already developed and initiated a conservation plan to benefit sage-grouse and, when feasible, other species using sagebrush habitats.

The Department asked each local working group to update their sage-grouse plans to reflect new policies and information available since the plans were originally completed in 2007. Chief among these are the Governor’s Sage-Grouse Executive Order(s), the BLM’s Instructional Memorandum, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s 2010 threatened and endangered species listing decision. The plan also updates details on sage-grouse conservation practices the group has prioritized for funding and projects which have been implemented in the Wind River and Sweetwater River drainages.

The State of Wyoming supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Anyone requiring auxiliary aids for this meeting should contact the Game and Fish regional office at: 800-654-7862. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations.

–Wyoming Game & Fish Department