- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Federal officials are taking public comments on a draft environmental analysis for grazing alternatives at a national monument in south-central Idaho.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Friday that it’s accepting comments on the draft Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve management plan amendment and environmental impact statement through Dec. 29.

The federal agency also plans to hold two public meetings. The first is Nov. 3 at the American Falls District Library, and the second is Nov. 16 at the Carey City Council office.

The documents are in response to a court order following a lawsuit by Western Watersheds Project contending the federal agency did not sufficiently take into account the impacts that grazing have on sage grouse.

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