U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Carson City District
|Release Date: 07/08/13|
|News Release No. CCDO 2013-46|
Finding of No Significant Impact Signed for Carson City BLM District Drought Management Environmental Assessment
Carson City, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Drought Management Environmental Assessment (EA). The 30-day comment period for the EA closed April 12, 2013. Comments received during the public comment period were considered and, where appropriate, incorporated into the Final EA.
At this time, no decision record is being issued, 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; wild horse and burro removals; temporary water hauls, above ground pipelines and fencing, temporary closures to Off Highway Vehicles, restriction of seed collection of forest and vegetative resources, and mitigation measures for other authorized uses.
“The BLM continues to encourage voluntary, temporary drought management actions by livestock permittees whose allotments are being affected by drought conditions,” said Carson City District Manager Bernadette Lovato. “If the time comes to make a decision we will work with individuals and organizations to develop solutions that will provide the best possible protection for the land and provide for future recovery.”
Links to the EA and related documents are located on the BLM website at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field/blm_information/nepa/nepa_archives.html.
For more information call Angelica Rose, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, at 775-885-6008.
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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
Carson City District 5665 Morgan Mill Road Carson City, NV 89703
|Last updated: 07-08-2013|
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