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Sage Grouse Rulemaking

Baseline Rulemaking

The commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing and potentially adopt the rules at its meeting December 3, 2015 in Salem. The hearing will begin at 8 a.m. in the Basement Hearing Room at 635 Capitol St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301.



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Rulemaking Hearing

The public hearing on the rulemaking will occur next week, Thursday, July 23, 2015 after the lunch hour. You can view the meeting agenda online. The staff report is available online as well.
There are two opportunities for participating in this public hearing:
In person - Burns:

Harney County Community Center

484 North Broadway

Burns, OR 97720


From Salem:

DLCD – Basement Hearing Room

635 Capitol St. N

Salem, OR 97301

If you wish to testify from either location please:
  • Complete a testimony sign-up form provided at the meeting handout table.
  • Provide a written summary in advance to Amie Abbott.
  • Bring 20 copies of your written materials for distribution to the commission, staff and members of the public.
  • Recognize that substance, not length, determines the value of testimony.
  • Endorse, rather than repeat testimony of other witnesses with whom you agree.
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This rulemaking is taking place at the request of the Governor’s office, and with the approval of the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). The purpose is to address a potential federal listing of the Greater Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Governor’s request follows the work of an interagency group SageCon, begun in 2012. SageCon’s goal is to demonstrate that Oregon can put together a plan of action that will demonstrate that the federal listing for sage grouse in Oregon is not necessary. The rulemaking would amend OAR chapter 660, division 23, the “Goal Five rule". The rule would apply to private, state, and public lands in eastern Oregon that constitute about 30 percent of sage grouse habitat. When adopted, the rules would be implemented by seven eastern Oregon counties.

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Advisory Committee Meetings

If you would like to be on the mailing list for meeting notices and general project updates, please email Jon Jinings. All meetings are open to the public.


​Date ​Location ​Documents
​March 2, 2015 ​Prineville City Council Chambers
387 NE Third
Prineville, Oregon
​March 19-20, 2015

​Harney County Community Center
494 North Broadway
Burns, Oregon

​April 21, 2015

Bend, Oregon

​May 19, 2015

ODFW Headquarters
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302



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Advisory Committee

The Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) has established this Sage Grouse Rulemaking Advisory Committee to assist the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) in drafting proposed rules for consideration by LCDC, and to achieve the requirements of law described above.


​LCDC Liaison ​
​Catherine Morrow ​

​Sherman Lamb ​


Committee Members ​
​Comm. Mark Bennett, Baker County ​Bill Zelenka, Crook County
​Comm. Alan Unger, Deschutes County ​Judge Steve Grasty, Harney County
​Comm. Ken Kestner, Lake County ​Alvin Scott, Malheur County
​Hanley Jenkins, Union County ​John O'Keefe, Oregon Cattlemen's Assoc.
​Mary Anne Nash, Oregon Farm Bureau ​Dan Morse, Oregon Natural Desert Assoc.
​Megan Decker, Renewable Northwest ​Cathy MacDonald, The Nature Conservancy
​Bruce Taylor, Habitat Joint Venture ​Richard Whitman, Governor's Office
​Jason Kesling, Burn Paiute Tribe ​Bobb Brunoe, Warm Springs Tribe


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How to Participate

You may submit written comments on the rulemaking to:

Land Conservation and Development Commission
c/o Casaria Taylor
635 Capitol St., Ste. 150
Salem, Oregon 97301
or via email to: Casaria Taylor

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DLCD Staff Contacts

Jon Jinings, Community Services Specialist
1011 SW Emkay Dr., Ste. 108
Bend, OR 97702

Michael Morrissey, Policy Analyst
635 Capitol St., Ste. 150
Salem, OR 97301

Casaria Taylor, Rules Coordinator
635 Capitol St., Ste. 150
Salem, OR 97301

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