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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Ely District Office
 
Release Date: 07/23/13
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 , chanefel@blm.gov
News Release No. 2013-56

BLM Ely District Signs Finding of No Significant Impact for Drought Management Environmental Assessment


Ely, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Ely District Drought Management Environmental Assessment (EA).  The 30-day public comment period for the EA closed March 21, 2013.  Comments received during the public comment period were considered and incorporated into the Final EA, where appropriate.

No decision record is being issued at this time.  However, if drought conditions worsen, a decision will be issued, as appropriate, to implement Drought Response Actions (DRAs) after consultation with, or a reasonable attempt to consult with, affected permittees or lessees, the interested public, and other organizations responsible for managing resources within the area.

DRAs allow for the rapid response to drought in order to alleviate the impacts of authorized uses and activities on natural resources that are at risk of being adversely affected by drought. The effects of drought are often far reaching, impacting the environment and economy of an area.

Some examples of potentially applicable DRAs include, but are not limited to, temporary changes in livestock season of use; reductions in livestock animal unit months or livestock grazing duration; targeted grazing; closure of partial or entire allotments to livestock grazing; wild horse and burro removals; and/or temporary water hauls, above ground pipelines and fencing. 
Links to the EA and related documents are located on the BLM website at: https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do

For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842 or chanefel@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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Last updated: 07-23-2013