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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Battle Mountain District Office
 
Release Date: 07/12/12
Contacts: Tessa Teems , 775-635-4000 , tteems@blm.gov
News Release No. BMDO 2012-28

BLM Battle Mountain District Drought Management Final EA


Battle Mountain, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Battle Mountain District Manager has signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Drought Management Environmental Assessment (EA) which will allow the BLM to be responsive and more efficient in taking appropriate action when monitoring and field observations indicate authorized uses are adversely affecting the public lands due to drought conditions.

“A decision record for the EA and FONSI will not be issued at this time,” said District Manager Doug Furtado. “However, if drought conditions worsen, which is highly likely, and grazing use is determined to be adversely affecting the resource, including riparian zones and terrestrial habitat, our first and preferred approach is to communicate with affected permittees and seek the voluntary implementation of appropriate drought response actions with an emphasis on voluntary non-use.”

In the absence of voluntary measures, the federal grazing regulations require that after consultation with, or a reasonable attempt to consult with, affected permittees or lessees, the interested public, and the state having lands or responsible for managing resources within the area, decisions implementing temporary changes in permitted grazing use to address drought conditions may be issued in full force and effect or the date specified in the decision.

According to Furtado, drought response action decisions will be supported by site-specific monitoring data as outlined in the BLM’s Drought Detection and Monitoring Plan. The Battle Mountain District will also take appropriate steps to protect wild horses and burros and their habitat when escalating drought conditions occur.

For more information call or email Casey Johnson, Rangeland Management Specialist, at 775-635-4059, cdjohnson@blm.gov or Tessa Teems, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, at 775-635-4000, tteems@blm.gov.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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