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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Pinedale Field Office
 
Release Date: 09/28/12
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

BLM Issues Decision on Mesa Habitat Improvement Project


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office has issued the finding of no significant impact (FONSI) and decision record (DR) for the Pinedale Anticline Project Office’s Mesa Habitat Improvement Project environmental assessment (EA).

The DR approves drilling a water well, installing associated well facilities, and constructing a five acre exclosure to provide a green space from water trough overflow for wildlife. The project is located approximately 13 miles south of Pinedale, Wyo., in the Pinedale Anticline Project Area (PAPA). Construction will take place in compliance with wildlife stipulations.

In 2011, reclamation monitoring documented heavy grazing in reclaimed areas by both livestock and wildlife. The water well is designed to draw grazing in the Mesa Common Allotment away from the PAPA Core Development Area. This will reduce grazing pressure on reclaimed areas, support successful reclamation and increase the potential for a functioning habitat for Greater Sage-Grouse and other wildlife.

The EA, FONSI and DR are available at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/pfo/mesa-waterwell.html.

For more information, please contact Eric Decker at 307-367-5386.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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