DATE: May 18, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2004-37
APPEALS BOARD UPHOLDS BLM FENCING DECISION
A BLM decision to build a fence protecting the Trout Creek riparian area in the Salmon
River Allotment located just south of Jackpot, Nevada, has been upheld by the Interior Board of
In March 1999, the BLM Elko Field Office issued a decision to build a 20-mile pasture
fence which would protect the Trout Creek riparian vegetation and stream banks while allowing
grazing to continue in the Salmon River Allotment.
That decision was appealed by the Idaho Watersheds Project who argued that under the
requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, BLM did not consider alternatives such as
removing all livestock, BLM failed to perform a cost-benefit analysis, and BLM failed to consider
the visual impacts of the fence.
In a decision dated May 10, 2004, the Interior Board of Land Appeals affirmed that BLM’s
environmental analysis of alternatives was appropriate and BLM’s management actions to meet
Rangeland Health Standards were reasonable.
Clint Oke, BLM Elko Renewable Resources Manager, explained the significance of the
decision, “The decision affirms that livestock grazing is a legitimate use of public lands and will
continue to be. The decision allows BLM to use a variety of management actions, including
fencing, to meet Rangeland Health Standards.”