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Public Scoping Notice

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Sierra Front Field Office, will be preparing an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects from issuing new term livestock grazing permits for the Paiute Canyon Canyon Grazing Allotment, located in Washoe County, Nevada (see Maps).  The EA will be prepared to meet the BLM's obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The current permit for the Paiute Canyon Grazing Allotment is 400 cattle for 4,800 Animal Month Units (AUMs) from March 1 to February 28, each year.  The EA will analyze a No Grazing Alternative, No Action Alternative (Current Management), and Proposed Action.  Under the Proposed Action, the BLM may consider changes to season of use, number of AUMs, and pasture rotation.  Also, in the Proposed Action, the BLM may consider herbicide treatment for noxious weeds/invasive plant species, and fuels reduction/treatment.

Portions of the Allotments are within preliminary priority and/or general habitat for the greater sage-grouse (Centrosercus urophsianus) (see Maps).  There are no known leks within either allotment.

This scoping period closed on August 30, 2013.

The BLM anticipates releasing the draft EA for public review in summer or fall 2014.