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Term Grazing Permit 2704502 and 2704520 Renewals on the Railroad Pass Allotment (00601)
 
This project has been implemented.

Project Location (also see Allotment Map, under "Maps")
The legal location of the Railroad Pass Allotment is as follows:
 
T24N R54E, portion of Section 1; T24N R55E, several sections; T25N R54E, portions of several sections; T25N R55E, several sections; T26N R54E, portions of three sections; T26N R55E, several sections

The Railroad Pass Allotment encompasses approximately 27,025 public land acres.  The grazing permit area occurs entirely within White Pine County, and is situated approximately 75 miles northwest of Ely, Nevada.  The western portion of this allotment borders the Battle Mountain BLM District and the northern portion borders the Elko BLM District.  The allotment reaches from the ridge of the Diamond Mountain Range in the west to approximately Huntington Creek in the east. It is bounded in the north by the Elko-White Pine County Line and stretches approximately 12 miles south. This allotment occurs entirely within the Huntington Watershed.

Proposed Action
The BLM proposes to issue and fully process new term grazing permits 2704502 and 2704520 and authorize cattle grazing on the Railroad Pass Allotment. The renewal of these term grazing permits would be for a period of up to 10 years. If base property is transferred during this ten year period with no changes to the terms and conditions the new term permit would be issued for the remaining term of these term permits.

The season of use is being extended one month earlier and one month later to allow for greater flexibility in the overall operations and better distribution of cattle. Flexibility in livestock numbers, not to exceed active AUMs, would be allowed within identified grazing periods to allow for flexibility in the overall grazing operations.

Allowable use levels would be established or carried forward from the current permit. Allowable use levels require that only a set amount of available forage be used by livestock and that livestock be removed once these limits are reached. This allows for management of livestock based on annual forage conditions and prevents overgrazing of forage resources.

Under the proposed action, cattle would continue to be rotated between the north and south pastures on alternating years and the current voluntary non-use agreement would remain in place for the ten-year term of the new permits. These aspects of the 2001 Livestock Grazing Use Agreement for the Railroad Pass Allotment are being incorporated into the terms and conditions of the grazing permits rather than continuing under a separate agreement. 

The proposed term permit 2704502 and terms and conditions are as follows:

Table 1—Proposed New Grazing Permit 2704502 on the Railroad Pass Allotment

Allotment Name and Number

Livestock Number/Kind

Grazing Period Begin End

% Public Land*

Type Use

AUMs**

Railroad Pass 00601

176 Cattle

05/01 to 10/31

100

Active

1065

*% Public Land is the percent of public land for billing purposes.
**AUMs may differ from Active Permitted Use due to a rounding difference with the number of livestock and the period of use.

Allotment AUMs Summary

Allotment Name

ACTIVE AUMS

SUSPENDED AUMS

VOLUNTARY NON-USE

GRAZING PERMITTED USE

Railroad Pass

1064

0

736

1800

The proposed term permit 2704520 and terms and conditions are as follows:



Table 2—Proposed New Grazing Permit 2704520 on the Railroad Pass Allotment

Allotment Name and Number

Livestock Number/Kind

Grazing Period Begin End

% Public Land*

Type Use

AUMs**

Railroad Pass 00601

50Cattle

05/01 to 10/31

100

Active

302

*% Public Land is the percent of public land for billing purposes.
**AUMs may differ from Active Permitted Use due to a rounding difference with the number of livestock and the period of use.

Allotment AUMs Summary

Allotment Name

ACTIVE AUMS

SUSPENDED AUMS

VOLUNTARY NON-USE

GRAZING PERMITTED USE

Railroad Pass

300

0

211

511

Purpose and Need
The purpose and need for this proposal is to manage livestock grazing on public lands to provide for a level of grazing consistent with multiple use, sustained yield, and watershed function and health; to authorize grazing use in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and land use plans; and to improve conditions on the allotment in order to continue to meet or make progress towards the standards for rangeland health. 

The Livestock Grazing Agreement that these two grazing permits are currently based upon expired February 28, 2011, therefore they need reconsidered. Additionally, there is a need to fully process permit 2704502 as the current permit was issued under the Appropriations Act (“Grazing Rider”).




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