BLM Approves Pine Nut Land Health Project
On April 29, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Sierra Front Field Office approved the Pine Nut Land Health Project. Over a 10 to 15 year period, vegetative treatments would occur on approximately 24,564 acres of public lands in the Pine Nut Mountains, located in Carson City, Lyon, and Douglas Counties, Nevada.
The objectives of this project include:
Restore and maintain sagebrush habitat;
Restore and maintain riparian plant communities;
Restore and maintain wet meadows and springs;
Protect and enhance historic pinyon-juniper woodland habitat;
Reduce the potential of large-scale high severity wildland fire;
Provide for public and firefighter safety and protection of property and infrastructure; and
Provide woodland products to the public, tribes, and commercial entities.
On April 29, 2014 the BLM published the Pine Nut Land Health Final Environmental Assessment, which includes the analysis necessary to describe the projects direct, indirect, and cumulative effects. The analysis contained in the Final Environmental Assessment supports a Finding of No Significant Impact, therefore an environmental impact statement would not be required.
On April 29, 2014 Field Manager Leon Thomas signed the Decision Record for the project (see documents).