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Term Grazing Permit Renewals for the Cherry Creek Allotment (00403) and/or the Big Rock Seeding Allotment for Aaron Kesler (Operator No. 2703103); Herbert Stathes (Operator No. 2704455); Sterling Wines (Operator No. 2704562); and Turner & Irlbeck Ranch (Operator No. 2704541)
 
The legal location of the Cherry Creek Allotment is as follows:
 
T. 26N., R. 63E., portions of two sections
T. 26N., R. 64E., several sections
T. 26N., R. 65E., several sections
T. 25N., R. 63E., several sections
T. 25N., R. 64E., all sections
T. 25N., R. 65E., several sections
T. 24N., R. 62E., several sections
T. 24N., R. 63E., all sections
T. 24N., R. 64E., several sections
T. 24N., R. 65E., portions of three sections
T. 23N., R. 61E., portion of one section
T. 23N., R. 62E., several sections
T. 23N., R. 63E., several sections
T. 23N., R. 64E., several sections
T. 22N., R. 61E., portion of one section
T. 22N., R. 62E., portions of six sections
T. 22N., R. 63E., several sections
T. 22N., R. 64E., several sections

The legal location of the Big Rock Seeding Allotment is as follows:

T. 23N., R. 62E., portions of two sections
T. 23N., R. 63E., portions of six sections
T. 22N., R. 63E., several sections

The Cherry Creek Allotment and the Big Rock Seeding Allotment encompasses approximately 153,107 public land acres and 1,862 public land acres, respectively.  Both of these allotments are common use allotments located approximately 40 miles north of Ely, Nevada within White Pine County.  The Cherry Creek Allotment borders with Elko County, and the town of Cherry Creek is located within this allotment.  The permit area occurs within both the Steptoe B Watershed (040) and the Egan Basin Watershed (040).  Portions of the Butte, Cherry Creek and Antelope Wild Horse Herd Management Areas occur within the permit area.  The permit area is located within the Butte and Antelope sage grouse population units.  The permit area occurs within the Nevada Department of Wildlife hunting management areas #11 and #12.  Although no wilderness occurs within the Big Rock Seeding Allotment, there are portions of the Goshute Canyon Wilderness and the Becky Peak Wilderness located within the Cherry Creek Allotment. 

The purpose and need for the action is to fully process and renew the grazing term permits for Aaron Kesler, Herbert Stathes, and Sterling Wines for the Cherry Creek Allotment and the Big Rock Seeding Allotment; and Turner & Irlbeck Ranch for the Cherry Creek Allotment.  Next year, three additional term permit renewals will be considered for the remaining operators that are permitted on these allotments.  This will be done in conjunction with the other allotments that are part of these operators’ grazing permits. 

The current term permit for Aaron Kesler is issued for the period 05/01/2006 to 2/28/2009 for the Cherry Creek Allotment and the Big Rock Seeding Allotment.  Kesler’s total grazing preference is for 3,475 Animal Unit Months (AUMs) for Cherry Creek Allotment and 340 AUMs for the Big Rock Seeding Allotment.  For the Cherry Creek Allotment, 2,276 AUMs are active and 1,199 AUMs are suspended nonuse, with the current term permit authorizing approximately 227 head of cattle with a season of use from 05/01 to 02/28.  For the Big Rock Seeding Allotment, 340 AUMs are active and 0 AUMs are suspended nonuse, with the current term permit authorizing approximately 45 head of cattle with a season of use from 05/01 to 07/15 on even numbered years, and approximately 38 head of cattle with a season of use from 09/01 to 2/28 on odd numbered years. 

The current term permit for Herbert Stathes is issued for the period 03/01/2002 to 2/28/2012 for the Cherry Creek Allotment and the Big Rock Seeding Allotment.  Stathes’s total grazing preference is for 1,225 Animal Unit Months (AUMs) for Cherry Creek Allotment and 77 AUMs for the Big Rock Seeding Allotment. For the Cherry Creek Allotment, 639 AUMs are active and 586 AUMs are suspended nonuse, with the current term permit authorizing approximately 73 head of cattle with a season of use from 05/01 to 02/28.  For the Big Rock Seeding Allotment, 77 AUMs are active and 0 AUMs are suspended nonuse, with the current term permit authorizing approximately 30 head of cattle with a season of use from 05/01 to 07/15 on even numbered years, and approximately 13 head of cattle with a season of use from 09/01 to 2/28 on odd numbered years. 

The current term permit for Sterling Wines is issued for the period 03/01/2002 to 2/28/2010 for the Cherry Creek Allotment and the Big Rock Seeding Allotment.  Wines’s total grazing preference is for 499 Animal Unit Months (AUMs) for Cherry Creek Allotment and 62 AUMs for the Big Rock Seeding Allotment. For the Cherry Creek Allotment, 354 AUMs are active and 145 AUMs are voluntary nonuse, with the current term permit authorizing a season of use from 05/01 to 02/28.  For the Big Rock Seeding Allotment, 62 AUMs are active and 0 AUMs are suspended nonuse, with the current term permit authorizing a spring/fall rotation grazing system with a season of use from 05/01 to 07/15 on even numbered years, and a season of use from 09/01 to 2/28 on odd numbered years. 

The current term permit for Turner & Irlbeck Ranch is issued for the period 03/01/2002 to 2/28/2012 for the Cherry Creek Allotment.  This permit’s total grazing preference is for 1,600 Animal Unit Months (AUMs) for Cherry Creek Allotment.  For the Cherry Creek Allotment, 1,600 AUMs are active and 0 AUMs are suspended nonuse, with the current term permit authorizing approximately 160 head of cattle with a season of use from 05/01 to 02/28. 

The issuance of the four new term grazing permits could be for a period up to ten years.  An evaluation of the range monitoring data and rangeland health will be conducted for both allotments.  This data will be summarized in a Standards Determination Document that will be provided for public review at a later date.

Term permit renewals are issued in accordance with Title 43 CFR 4130.2(a), “Grazing permits or leases shall be issued to qualified applicants to authorize use on the public lands and other lands under the administration of the Bureau of Land Management that are designated as available for livestock grazing through land use plans.”

Contact:  Mindy Seal
Phone:  (775) 289-1944
Project status for this project is public scoping.


Cherry Creek and Big Rock Seeding Allotment Map
 
Last updated: 11-11-2008