51 - Incorporate state and regional wildlife plans into federal land use planning
Assessment of Status: Partially Complete
While the Bureau of Land Management issued policy requiring the use of State Wildlife Actions Plans and Crucial Habitat Assessment Tools, it is evident, as indicated by the letter from the WHHCC, there is room for continued improvement.
Supporting documentation and findings
Email Correspondence with Jim Perry 4.29.13
In email correspondence with Jim Perry, Senior Natural Resources Specialist in the Division of Fluid Minerals at the Bureau of Land Management, he wrote,
"BLM policy was issued that requires the use of State Wildlife Action Plans and CHATs, as appropriate, in the land use planning process."
Interview with Melissa Simpson 3.18.13
An interview of Melissa Simpson, Director of Government Affairs at the Safari Club International, provided information and direction on this action.
The WHHCC Letter to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior on Energy Development
The WHHCC sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior over concerns of declining mule deer and sage grouse populations. The council specifically recommended:
1) Instructing field staff to adhere to planning requirements specifically around state agency population objectives of mule deer, sage grouse and other wildlife.
2) Instruct BLM Districts in the western states to use RMP revisions following the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Afencies Mule Deer Working Group Guidelines and the WAFWA Greater Sage-grouse comprehensive Conservation Strategy.
3) Follow current DOI policy on adaptive management.