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Project: DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2012-0024-CX Hancock Fire Complex Burned Area Emergency Stabilization (ES)

Project Status: Planning Completed
Office Location: none
Resource Area: Prineville DO
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-P040-2012-0024-CX   Categorical Exclusion
Document Publish Date: 5/05/2012
Summary: Drill Seeding-Drill seed 933 acres of BLM administered lands burned in the Hancock Fire Complex with the following grasses: crested wheatgrass, intermediate wheatgrass, Sandberg bluegrass, Sherman big bluegrass, and squirreltail (see attached seed mix reference chart). Drill seeding will occur in areas where fire severity was moderate or higher, and where topography allows the equipment to operate (see Map). Drill seeding would be done during the fall/winter of 2011 using a rangeland drill. Aerial Seeding-Apply seed aerially from a helicopter on 2,222 acres within the burned area (see Map). Aerial seeding operations will avoid major hunting seasons; if avoiding the entire hunting season is not possible it is recommended to avoid operations at the beginning of these seasons. The proposed treatment area is 1.5 miles from a known raptor nest; therefore a 0.25 mile no fly buffer will be implemented. The treatment areas were selected based on pre-fire ecological site condition of fair, topography (slope/aspect), and where moderate to high burn severity locations overlapped within the burn perimeter. Seeding treatments will target upland sites and drainage bottoms, specifically north to northwest slopes where soil moisture is higher and the probability of seed germination is greater. In addition, treatment areas will be focused where expansion of invasive species into native plant communities is likely due to disturbance caused by the fire. Area will be assessed prior to seeding to evaluate recovery of burned native vegetation prior to the treatment occurring. Aerial seeding would be the preferred application method in areas where the terrain is too steep for a rangeland drill to operate.
Public Review Start Date : N/A - Historic
Public Review End Date : N/A - Historic
Contact: Prineville District Office
Contact Phone: (541) 416-6700
Program Areas: Fire/Fuels