Term Grazing Permit 2704459 Renewal on the Steptoe (00415) Allotment
The purpose for the action is to fully process and renew the grazing term permit 2704459 on the Steptoe Allotment. The current term permit is issued for the period of 6/23/2000 to 6/23/2010. This is a cattle permit with a total grazing preference of 4,525 AUMs from March 1 to February 28. Of these 4,525 AUMs, 2,836 AUMs are active and 1689 AUMs are suspended nonuse. The season of use on this allotment is from 3/1 to 2/28.
The issuance of the new term grazing permit could be for a period up to ten years. An evaluation of the range monitoring data and rangeland health will be conducted for the Steptoe Allotment. This data will be summarized in a Standards Determination Document that will be provided for public review.
The Steptoe Allotment encompasses approximately 56,181 public land acres within the Ely BLM District. The grazing allotment occurs entirely within White Pine County, and is situated approximately 14 miles north of Ely, Nevada. A small portion of the Steptoe Allotment occurs within the Triple B Wild Horse Herd Management Area; however, zero Animal Month Units (AUM’s) are allotted to wild horse use. This allotment is located within crescent spot butterfly, goshawk, rocky mountain big horn, sage grouse, pygmy rabbit, deer, elk, and antelope habitat. The Bristlecone Wilderness occurs within the south-western portion of the Steptoe Allotment.
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: Mark Freese
Phone: (775) 289-1891
Project status for this project is public scoping.