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Project: DOI-BLM-OR-P060-2013-0018-DNA Sage-Grouse Habitat Enhancement Juniper Cuts

Project Status: Planning Completed
Office Location: Prineville
Resource Area: Prineville DO
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-P060-2013-0018-DNA   Determination of NEPA Adequacy
Document Publish Date: 3/14/2013
Summary: This project will cut approximately 1,920 acres of young juniper that are encroaching into sagebrush plant communities. Young juniper will be cut with chainsaws and the limbs will be scattered so that cut junipers do not exceed 4 feet when laid on the ground. Chainsaw operators will use existing roads to access the project area, then travel by foot to cut juniper. Juniper cutting will not occur during the sage-grouse breeding/nesting season March 1-July 1. Juniper cutting during December 1-April 30 will be completed within a two week period to minimize disturbance to mule deer, elk, and pronghorn on winter range. Old-growth trees will not be cut. Also, all juniper trees with two or more of the following characteristics will not be cut: round tops, yellow foliose lichen, deep furrowed bark, low spreading branches, or spiked dead tops. Wildlife trees that contain either cavities, nests, or both will not be cut. Stumps from cut trees will be 12 inches or less in height, or no higher than surrounding vegetation to maintain visual aesthetics of the open, sagebrush-steppe community. Pastures will not be rested following juniper cuts, because they are in good to excellent ecological condition, juniper cutting will have a low impact to soils, and the existing vegetation community is resistant and resilient to disturbance.
Public Protest/Appeal Start Date : N/A - Historic
Public Protest/Appeal End Date : N/A - Historic
Contact: Prineville District Office
Contact Phone: (541) 416-6700
Program Areas: Timber/Silviculture