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NEPA #:  DOI-BLM-NV-W010-2013-0006-DNA Status:  Completed
Project Name:  Hanson Fire ESR Projects Decision Date:  11/08/2012
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Applicant:  Bureau of Land Management    
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Project Description:
This project addresses the need for restorative seeding and planting in Sage Grouse Preliminary Priority and Preliminary General habitat which was burned in the Hanson Fire. The Hanson Fire ESR project also manages noxious weeds with an emphasis on Medusahead rye, repairs existing alottment fences, stream/slope stabilization, and grazing closures.Residential structures exist immediately adjacent to Singas and Hanson creeks at the canyon mouths. These private landowners, their residences, and associated property improvements are at risk from potential landslide or flood damage. Siltation produced by severely burned slopes provide a source of imminent risk to private landholder irrigation improvements.Soil StabilizationProject proposes to perform stream stabilization in specific target areas within the 276 acre project area. Treatments would possibly include live installing live willow filters; filters would penetrate the soil approximately 10-18”; filters would be installed in target areas approximately 30’-100’( at maximum). Other structures could include installing in-stream rock structures from local sources, and placing, non-living brush-top and aspen skeletons into the stream bank to reduce sedimentation and soil erosion. All materials would be native, and local. Stakes would be installed where vegetation had previously existed, and would therefore not be considered as new disturbance.Aerial SeedingProject proposes to aerially seed approximately 6439 acres of Preliminary Priority Habitat and/or Preliminary General Habitat with native forbs.Aerially seed 800 acres of Sage Grouse PPH/PGH with Mtn. big sagebrush, which would be focused in drainages or on North-facing microsites where probability of successful seedling establishment is significantly increased.Aerially seed 3200 acres with forage kochia, which would be applied on the eastern portion (typically lower elevation than the western portion) of the aerial forb application area. Identified project acreage is a maximum, and may be reduced due to seed availability. Seeding of forage kochia will follow the westernmost aerial seeding project boundary, working eastward until 3200 acres are accomplished or project seed is exhausted.Aerially seed atop all ground seeding operations (1118 acres) with Wyoming big sagebrush seedGround SeedingProject proposes to drill seed or broadcast and harrow seed a total of 1118 acres with competitive perennial grasses and forbs. This activity would be coordinated with chemical control of invasive annual plant species.These acres would be drill seeded or harrowed, depending on site conditions and would be coordinated with application of Imazapic (Plateau) to control Medusahead rye.Crested wheatgrass would be utilized in ground-seeding operations. If supply of crested wheatgrass is limited, Siberian wheatgrass or a similar cultivar may be utilized as an alternative species.Invasive Plants and Noxious Weeds ManagementProject proposes to treat all ground-seeded areas (1118 acres) with Plateau (Imazapic) herbicide to control all annual invasive plants, particularly Medusahead rye. Plateau treatment would be coordinated with ground seeding activities to give advantage to germination and seedling establishment of native or selected non-native perennials.Treat noxious weeds occurring within the Hanson Fire perimeter to prevent further establishment or spread.MonitoringAll treatments would be monitored for treatment efficacy and efficiency.HandplantingProject proposes to handplant approximately 5000 containerized sagebrush seedlings in FY2013, and approximately 30,000 bare-root sagebrush seedlings in FY2015. Other species which may be handplanted would include blue elderberry, Utah serviceberry, antelope bitterbrush, mountain mahogany, or other site-adapted native plants.
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Project Lead:  Eric S Baxter    
Phone Number:  (775) 623-1500    
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Office(s):  Humboldt River FO Lead Office:  Humboldt River FO
Counties:  Humboldt    
 
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