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Carson City District
Release Date: 07/17/12
Contacts: Lisa Ross , 775-885-6107 ,
News Release No. CCDO 2012-43

BLM Issues Decision Record for Desatoya Mountains Restoration Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office has issued a Decision Record (DR) for the Habitat Restoration Phase of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Desatoya Mountains Resiliency, Health, and Restoration Project. The DR for the Habitat Restoration Phase will implement restoration treatments over a ten-year period on approximately 32,000 acres of public land in the Desatoya Mountains within Churchill and Lander counties of central Nevada. This is the second of two DR’s issued for this project; the first DR was for a wild horse gather and maintenance program.

The restoration treatments are needed to restore balance between sagebrush, riparian, and woodland plant communities, all of which provide certain resource values to the landscape including habitats essential for a wide variety of wildlife. Sagebrush habitats required for sage-grouse and other important wildlife species are being lost or degraded due to a shift from sagebrush to woodlands and are at risk from potential large, intense fires.

The greater sage-grouse, a BLM Sensitive Species, is also a candidate species for listing under the Endangered Species Act. In December 2011, the BLM issued Interim Management Policies and Procedures and a Land Use Planning Strategy to guide management for the greater sage-grouse. The BLM and U.S. Forest Service, meanwhile, are embarking on a two-year, 10-state process to conduct analyses through Environmental Impact Statements to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land use plans and land management plans. This project will help to meet these and BLM’s National Sage-grouse Habitat Conservation Strategy objectives.

Links to the EA and related documents are located on the BLM website at: under the heading Wildlife Projects, project name Desatoya Mtns Habitat Resiliency, Health and Restoration Project.

For further information please contact John Wilson, Project Lead, at 775-885-6191.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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