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Rangeland Health Assessment and Evaluation

Rangeland Health Assessment and Evaluation

Rangeland Health Assessment

The purpose of a Rangeland Health Assessment and subsequent Allotment Evaluation is to summarize, analyze and interpret monitoring information that has been collected throughout the assessment/evaluation period to determine if rangeland conditions are achieving the Land Use Plan objectives and Utah's Rangeland Health Standards and Guidelines.  The Indicators of Rangeland Health (TR 1734-6), actual use, utilization, use pattern maps, ecological status, rangeland trend studies, and professional judgement are used to evaluate conditions in accordance with BLM's Handbook 4180.  The evaluation will also identify if livestock grazing is in conformance with Utah's Guidelines for Grazing Management and if changes to grazing permits and/or livestock management id deemed necessary to ensure attainment or maintenance of the Rangeland Health Standards.  Necessary changes are implemented through the issuance of a proposed and final decision.