Jackson Hole Airport Wildlife Hazard and Habitat Restoration EA
The National Park Service is preparing an environmental assessment and associated biological assessment to analyze alternatives for management outlined in the September 2014, Jackson Hole Airport, Wildlife Hazard Management Plan, in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. The plan provides a well-defined set of policies, goals, and standards that will be implemented to reduce the risk of wildlife strikes to aircraft. The National Park Service is inviting the Jackson Hole Airport Board and the Federal Aviation Administration to participate as cooperating agencies.
Due to the number of wildlife strikes associated with sage-grouse (over 50 percent), the primary focus of this environmental assessment will be sage-grouse and sage-grouse habitat. In March 2010, the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) was listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as a candidate species (75 FR 13910) because of concerns about range wide declines. State and local working groups initiated conservation planning efforts focusing on guidelines for conserving sage-grouse populations through application of consistent management guidelines and strategies. Attachment A, Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration Plan in Support of a Wildlife Hazard Management Plan for the Jackson Hole Airport (Group, 2014), was prepared as a supplement to the Jackson Hole Airport, Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Plan to assist in the effort.
Public scoping for this environmental assessment is due to take place winter 2017.
Thank you for your interest and participation.
Margaret Wilson, Planner, Grand Teton National Park