BLM approves range improvement projects in eastern Inyo County

Rangeland in the high desert. (Ryan Klausch, BLM)

RIDGECREST, Calif. – Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Ridgecrest Field Office, approves range improvements within the Piper Mountains and Fish Lake Valley in eastern Inyo County. The projects will increase hydration options for grazing cattle and reduce the impacts to existing watering sites, protect resources, and allow for a more even distribution of cattle throughout the Deep Springs Valley and South Oasis grazing allotments.

The project proponent and grazing permittee, Deep Springs College (Board of Trustees) would construct, use, and maintain range improvements in two grazing allotments, including five water trough sites, two water pipelines, one corral, and one water tank with additional minimization measures. 

The construction of proposed range improvements would result in less than one acre of surface disturbance in desert alkali scrub. Proposed range improvement features would be primarily located in previously disturbed areas, or in natural clearings and weed-free zones.

The environmental assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact, and the Decision Record are available for review online at For additional information, contact Carl Symons at

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. 

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Michelle Van Der Linden