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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

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Sand Springs Herd Management Area Gather

Vale

Documents in Project

Environmental Assessment OR-030-06-014 Planning Completed
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.
Vale District Office
(541) 473-3144
n/a
Resource Area: Vale DO
Program Areas: Vegetation/Weeds, Range/Wild Horses
Download: OR03006014EA.pdf
Document Publish Date
08/07/2006
Finding of No Significant Impact OR-030-06-014 Planning Completed
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.
Vale District Office
(541) 473-3144
n/a
Resource Area: Vale DO
Program Areas: Vegetation/Weeds, Range/Wild Horses
Download: OR03006014FONSI.pdf
Document Publish Date
08/23/2006

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