U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Release: May 7, 2008
Agencies Release Sage-Steppe Restoration EIS
A final environmental impact statement (FEIS) evaluating strategies for restoration of sagebrush steppe ecosystems in a wide area of northeast California and far northwest Nevada is now available.
Printed and compact disc copies are available by contacting the Modoc National Forest, 800 W. 12th St., Alturas, CA 96101, or by contacting Project Lead Rob Jeffers (530) 233-8816, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many of these landscapes, once consisting of mosaics of grass, brush and juniper, have become dominated by juniper trees. In some areas the trees have crowded out all other plants, leaving bare ground in the areas beneath the trees. Proposed treatments would remove young junipers to allow the return of a more diverse mix of grass and brush species. Some juniper removed during the projects may be made available for renewable energy production.
The restoration strategy would guide decision making by the Modoc National Forest and the BLM over the next 50 years. The proposal would not direct activities on private land, but would provide conservation measures that could be adopted by interested landowners.