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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Prineville BLM Grazing Renewal Environmental Assessment

Livestock

The Prineville BLM is currently developing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze requests to renew grazing permits and leases on 39 allotments throughout Central Oregon. The purpose of the EA is to provide a process for the BLM to consider actions to existing allotments such as changing season of use, constructing new or maintaining existing infrastructure such as fences, cattle guards and water sources, as well as adjusting the number of livestock allowed in an allotment. These actions can be taken to meet the Standards and Guidelines for Healthy Rangelands, as required by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Taylor Grazing Act.

The BLM is now in the scoping phase of the environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act. This means that any comments received by the public or interested parties will be used to identify issues and develop alternatives. Although there will be additional opportunities to comment during this process, BLM is requesting input now so that it can be considered early in our planning process.

Comments concerning this project must be received no later than March 1, 2013 and can be sent by U.S. Mail, electronically, or faxed to the BLM Prineville District Office. Comments will be most useful if they provide information about the proposed actions discussed above, propose alternative actions, or identify issues or concerns. Please send electronic comments to BLM_OR_PR_Grazing_Renewall@blm.gov with "Grazing Renewal" in the subject line. More information and a map of the identified grazing allotments will be available on the Prineville BLM Planning webpage.

A map of the allotments (PDF) that would fall under this EA is available.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

If you have any questions contact your assigned range specialist, or feel free to call Amanda Stamper, Natural Resource Specialist, at 541-416-6898, or Matt Shaffer, Natural Resource Specialist at 541-416-6743.