CURRENT STATUS | In March and April 2013, the BLM issued final decisions renewing the grazing permits associated with the Group 1 (Owyhee River) allotments. In May 2013, BLM received 14 appeals and stay requests of the final decisions.
On February 13, 2014, the Department of Interior Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) handed down its Order for the Garat allotment, and on August 12, 2014, OHA handed down its Orders for the Castlehead-Lambert, Swisher Springs, and Swisher FFR allotments.
As a result of the February 2014 Order regarding the Garat allotment, BLM completed a new Rangeland Health Assessment/Evaluation Report and Determination, which includes new riparian-area monitoring information. Additionally, BLM has completed a new Preliminary Environmental Assessment specific to the Garat allotment, which was released for public review on October 8, 2014. The public comment period has been extended and will now end on November 11, 2014. See below for more information.