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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

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Project: Sand Springs Herd Management Area Gather

Project Status: Planning Completed
Office Location: none
Resource Area: Vale DO
NEPA #: OR-030-06-014  Finding of No Significant Impact
Document Publish Date: 8/23/2006
Summary: Based on the analysis of potential environmental impacts contained in the Environmental Assessment (EA) and all other available information, I have determined that although the Proposed Action or Alternative #1 does not constitute a major Federal action that would significantly affect the quality of the human environment, the No Action Alternative could result in significant impacts. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is unnecessary and will not be prepared.
Contact: Vale District Office
Contact Phone: (541) 473-3144
Program Areas: Range/Wild Horses, Vegetation/Weeds
NEPA #: OR-030-06-014  Environmental Assessment
Document Publish Date: 8/07/2006
Summary: Gathering and temporary removal of part or all wild horses from the Sand Springs Herd Management Area (HMA) is necessary to support fire rehabilitation and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance which protects public land resources from deterioration. Both actions are consistent with necessary population controls that maintain appropriate management levels established in the Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan (SEORMP, 2002). Recent monitoring has indicated heavy utilization of key vegetative species in riparian zones along a perennial stream, springs, and reservoirs. Vegetation and soils have been extremely stressed in the summer when horses concentrate on the few available water sources. Wildfire has destroyed most of the available forage within reasonable traveling distance of the herd's main water sources.
Public Review Start Date : N/A - Historic
Public Review End Date : N/A - Historic
Contact: Vale District Office
Contact Phone: (541) 473-3144
Program Areas: Range/Wild Horses, Vegetation/Weeds