Today, the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation District Board of Directors sent a comment letter to the Bureau of Land Management regarding the Shoshone Basin Grazing Permit Renewal. According to a Department of the Interior announcement in the Federal Register (Vol. 76, No. 170/September 1, 2011), the BLM intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for grazing permit renewals in the Shoshone Basin area located in Twin Falls County, Idaho. The EIS will explore potential impacts from proposed grazing against the backdrop of wildfire and the development of energy projects that are foreseen in the area.
The IASCD Board of Directors reminded BLM that Idaho’s soil and water conservation districts are the local agencies to provide assistance private landowners and land users in the conservation, sustainment, improvement and enhancement of our state’s natural resources. Federal law requires agencies to coordinate planning and implementation activities with state and local governments. IASCD also requested the BLM meet with all affected SWCD’s in the proposed area, as well as the Idaho Soil and Water Commission.
You can read the letter in its entirety by clicking here.
There is still time to comment on this EIS. If you would like more information, please contact Bret with IASCD.