Friday night at midnight is the deadline to submit comments on the amended land use plans that protect the sage grouse in parts of Lassen County, Modoc County and Nevada.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) describes the sage grouse habitat as high desert at the western edge of the Great Basin. It's basically safebrush and low leafy plants the sage grouse use for food.
Sage Grouse in North Eastern California
Sage Grouse and Pronghorn
The BLM has spent two years amending their initial land use plan, and they have been seeking comments on those amendments. A few weeks ago they held a public meeting in Alturas where about 20 people provided comments.
The sage grouse were almost listed as endangered in 2010, but the US Fish and Wildlife sercie determined that the listing was "warranted," but was "precluded" from listing because there were higher priorities, said BLM Public Information Officer Jeff Fontana.
The U.S. District Court in Nevada determined that the designation of Sagebrush Focal Areas in the 2015 greater sage grouse plan amendment for their state was illegal, so now the BLM is offering the public a way to comment and share issues for consideration and guidance to improve the coservation of sage grouse habitat.