Term Grazing Permit 2704739 Renewal on the Sunnyside (21023), Hardy Spring (11022), and Shingle Pass (00906) Allotments
The purpose and need for the action is to fully process and renew the grazing term permit 2704739on the Sunnyside, Hardy Spring, and Shingle Pass Allotments. The current term permit is issued for the period 03/01/2009 to 02/28/2019 and is summarized in Table 1.
Table 1—Summary of the Current Grazing Permit 2704739
Name and Number
06/01 to 03/31
Hardy Spring 11022
10/15 to 05/15
Shingle Pass 00906
05/15 to 10/30
*% Public Land is the percent of public land for billing purposes.
**AUMs may differ from Active Permitted Use due to a rounding difference with the number of livestock and the period of use.
Allotment AUMs Summary
GRAZING PERMITTED USE
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 Sunnyside, Hardy Spring, and Shingle Pass Allotments. This data will be summarized in a Standards Determination Document that will be provided for public review.
The Sunnyside, Hardy Spring, and Shingle Pass Allotments encompass approximately 219,519, 124,008, and 74,788 public lands acres, respectively. This grazing permit area occurs within Lincoln, Nye, and White Pine Counties, and is situated approximately 10 to 50 miles south of Lund, Nevada. The area stretches from the Quinn Mountain Range in the west, across the White River Valley, over the Egan Range, across Cave Valley to the Schell Creek Range in the west. These allotments occur largely in the White River Central and Cave Valley Watersheds with small portions in the White River South and Fox-Gap Mountain Watersheds. The White River Sheep Trail also crosses the Hardy Spring and Sunnyside Allotments.
The eastern portion of the Sunnyside Allotment occurs within the Silver King Wild Horse Herd Management Area (HMA) and the southwestern portion occurs within the Golden Gate and Seaman Range Wild Horse Herd Areas (HA). The eastern portion of the Hardy Spring Allotment occurs within the White River HA.
Large portions of these allotments are located within summer, nesting, and winter sage grouse habitat. Both occupied and unoccupied desert bighorn sheep habitat occurs within these allotments. The Sunnyside green gentian and the White River catseye, both BLM sensitive plant species, occur within these allotments as well.
The Wayne Kirch State Wildlife Management Area occurs along the western boundary of the Sunnyside Allotment. Mule deer, pronghorn, and elk habitat occur within the allotments, including critical summer and winter range for mule deer. Migratory birds also use this area.
In 2006, the King, Whipple, and Hot Flash Fires burned within the Sunnyside Allotment. A portion of the 2006 Gubler Fire burned into the Hardy Springs Allotment. The 1998 Hot Flash Fire and the 2002 Clif Fire also burned in the Sunnyside Allotment and the 1999 Lower Cove Fire burned in the Hardy Springs Allotment.
The Far South Egan Wilderness Area is in the north central portion of the Sunnyside Allotment and the central portion of the Shingle Pass Allotment. The South Egan Wilderness Area is in the eastern portion of the Hardy Spring Allotment and the western portion of the Shingle Pass Allotment. The Riordian’s Well Wilderness Study Area is located in the eastern portion of the Hardy Spring Allotment. Also a portion of the southern Sunnyside Allotment boundary borders the Weepah Wilderness Area.
A portion of the White River Valley Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) is located within and adjacent to the Sunnyside and Hardy Spring Allotments.
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: Amanda Anderson
Phone: (775) 289-1855
Project status for this project is public scoping.