Tumbling JR Ranch on Warm Springs Allotment (0606) Cold Creek Allotment (0603)
Dry Mountain Allotment (0609) Warm Springs Trail (0622)
Cold Creek Allotment (62,103 acres public land)- T. 22N R. 55E. sections: several
Warm Springs Allotment (306,971 acres public land)- T. 21-25 R. 60E sections: several
Dry Mountain Allotment (27,552 acres public land)- T. 19-20N. R. 57-58E. sections: several
The purpose and need for the action is to fully process and renew the grazing term permit for Tumbling JR Ranch on the Dry Mountain Allotment (0609), Cold Creek Allotment (0603), Warm Springs Allotment (0606), and Warm Springs Trail (0622). The current term permit has been issued for the period 09/28/2006 to 05/19/2014. The renewed permit would be issued for a period up to ten years. The grazing permit area occurs entirely within White Pine County, and is situated in the northwest portion of the Ely District BLM. The majority of the Warm Springs Allotment is located in the Long Valley Watershed. The northern part of the Warm Springs Allotment is included in the Ruby Valley Watershed and the west portion includes the Newark Watershed. Small portions of the Warm Springs Allotment are included in Huntington and North Butte Watersheds. Cold Creek Allotment’s northern half is in Huntington Watershed and the southern portion is in Newark Watershed. Dry Mountain Allotment is nestled entirely in the Long Valley Watershed. The Warm Springs Trail runs from North Cold Creek Allotment south across 27 miles of Warm Springs Allotment and terminates at the old Duckwater Planning Unit.
The grazing permit authorizes 5,561 active AUMs of cattle use on the Cold Creek Allotment with a use period starting 4/16 to 10/31; 1,149 active AUMs for Dry Mountain Allotment with a use period of 10/1 to 4/1 and 7,704 AUMs for Warm Springs Allotment with a use period of 3/1 to 2/28. Cattle are the approved kind of livestock. Dry Mountain Allotment is also authorized for 602 active AUMs of sheep use. Sheep AUMs are also authorized on the Warm Springs Trail with a total of 1,865 active sheep AUMs. Management practices have been established over the years, with annual review, providing the permittee flexibility. The flexibility has been in stocking rates, period of use, and trail routes. A long-term stable grazing system and rotation system has been established.
The grazing term permit will be 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.” An analysis of the range monitoring data and rangeland health on all four allotments; Warm Springs, Cold Creek, Dry Mountain, and Warm Springs Trail, will be summarized in a Standards Determination Document, which will be provided for public review at a later date.
Contact: Gina Jones
Phone: 775 289-1800