U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR  BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT  
ePlanning DOI-BLM-NV-C010-2011-0513-EA (Environmental Assessment, Desatoya Mountains Habitat Resiliency, Health, and Restoration Project)  
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NEPA Project Summary 
NEPA #:  DOI-BLM-NV-C010-2011-0513-EA Status:  Completed
Project Name:  Environmental Assessment, Desatoya Mountains Habitat Resiliency, Health, and Restoration Project Decision Date:  07/12/2012
EIS OEPC #:  FONSI Date:  07/12/2012
Applicant:  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office    
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Project Description:
The proposed action has been developed in collaboration and partnership with members of the local sage grouse working group (Desatoya Population Management Unit), the Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW), the Carson City and Battle Mountain District Offices, the University of Nevada Reno, the US Department of Agriculture (ARS & NRCS), and Smith Creek Ranch LLC. Funding and partner contributions will influence how many acres are treated in any given year as well as the breadth of monitoring for response to treatment. Within the project area, up to approximately 32,705 acres of ground disturbing treatments are proposed over a ten year period including pinyon/juniper removal and thinning; wet meadow and spring rehabilitation/protection (includes fencing, pipelines, and troughs); rabbitbrush control using mowing followed by herbicide treatment and reseeding; a site-specific fuels treatment utilizing prescribed fire, herbicide, and seeding; and continous excess wild horse removal (including utilizing water/bait trapping methods). Additionally, researchers at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) have set up a long term experimental watershed on private land within Porter Canyon to measure the hydrologic changes associated with pinyon/juniper tree removal. Portions of the UNR experiment would be expanded to BLM lands within Porter and Dalton Canyons. In addition to the main areas, between Porter and Dalton Canyon approximately 7,753 acres of 20 to 75 percent and 2,054 acres of up to 100 percent of PJ would be removed using any of the described methods in the Vegetation Treatment Methods section.
Project Location:
This project is located on BLM lands within the Desatoya Mountain Range and adjoining BLM administered lands in Churchill and Lander Counties, Nevada. The project area encompasses approximately 230,000 acres, which includes about 6% of the Clan Alpine grazing allotment and about 99% of the Porter Canyon and Edwards Creek grazing allotments. Additionally, 192,755 acres of the Desatoya sage-grouse population management unit (PMU) (38% of the PMU), 3,091 acres of the Reese River PMU (0.2% of the PMU), 136,400 acres of the Desatoya Herd Management Area (HMA) (84% of the HMA), and 34,195 acres of the Desatoya Wilderness Study Area (WSA) (67% of the WSA) are within the project boundary.
 
Project Lead:  John Wilson    
Phone Number:  (775) 885-6161    
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Office(s):  Stillwater FO Lead Office:  Stillwater FO
Counties:  Lander
Churchill
   
 
Program(s):  Other Subprogram(s):  None
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Documents: 
  Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Comment Period
Final Desatoya Habitat Restoration EA July 2012 No appendices.pdf 07/17/2012 Final Desatoya Habitat Restoration EA July 2012 No appendices.pdf

  Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Comment Period
Final_Desatoya_HMAGather_EA_FONSI_7_12_2012.pdf 07/17/2012 Final_Desatoya_HMAGather_EA_FONSI_7_12_2012.pdf

  Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Comment Period
Final_Desatoya_WHGather_EA_DR_7_12_2012.pdf 07/17/2012 Final_Desatoya_WHGather_EA_DR_7_12_2012.pdf

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Desatoya_WHGather_FinalEA_Dear ReaderLetter_7_12_2012.pdf 07/17/2012 Desatoya_WHGather_FinalEA_Dear ReaderLetter_7_12_2012.pdf


  
  Map Set Name Release Date Number of Maps
Appendix G Maps 02/08/2012 8
           

  
  Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Comment Period
Final Desatoya Restoration Phase, Decision Record, FONSI and Interested Party Letter 07/17/2012 Final_Desatoya_Restoration_EA_FONSI_7_17_2012.pdf Final_Desatoya_EA_Dear_Reader_Restoration_Phase_7_17_2012.pdf Final_Desatoya_Restoration_EA_DR_07_17_2012.pdf
 
  
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EA Appendices 02/08/2012 Appendix A Project Design Features.pdf Appendix B Soil-Water-Air Program BMPs.pdf Appendix C SOPs for Population-level Fertility Control Treatments.pdf Appendix E WinEquus Population Modeling Results.pdf Appendix F Additional Tables.pdf Appendix D SOPs Wild Horse (or Burro) Gathers.pdf Appendix H Comment Responses.pdf