The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Wells Field Office has completed a Draft Standards and Guidelines for Rangeland Health assessment for the Warm Creek and Snow Water Lake allotments and is releasing the assessment for public review.
The assessment is the first step in evaluating the allotments and the renewal of the grazing permit for livestock within the Snow Water and Warm Creek Allotments. The draft assessment also identifies a proposed alternative submitted by Tommy LLC, the current permittee, to convert authorized livestock on the allotments from cattle to domestic horses.
Following the public review of this draft assessment, the BLM will evaluate the proposed change in kind of livestock, carrying capacity, the proposed changes to the grazing system, and possible additional range improvement projects and/or redevelopment of existing range improvement projects in in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The permit renewal, along with any changes to permitted use on these allotments, would be implemented through a grazing decision following NEPA analysis.
The permittee purchased the base properties associated with these two allotments in December 2010 and the Wells Field Office issued a grazing permit for domestic cattle at that time. In July 2011, an application was submitted to change the kind of livestock authorized on these two allotments from cattle to domestic horses, together with a proposal to change the grazing system on these allotments. No Federally managed wild horses or burros will be authorized on either allotment.
The BLM is seeking input from members of the public interested in livestock grazing management on the Snow Water Lake and Warm Creek Allotments in developing management strategies and alternatives that are in conformance with the Wells Resource Management Plan and that will continue to make significant progress towards attaining the Standards and Guidelines for Rangeland Health. All comments must be received by the Wells Field Office by close of business on Monday, April 9, 2012. Comments may be mailed to the above address, faxed to (775) 753-0255, or e-mailed to: BLM_NV_ELDO_WarmCreekRanchGrazing@blm.gov
Comments received may be used to develop alternatives to be considered in the preparation of an analysis and disclosure of impacts to the human environment to be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act .
To review the assessments, please visit our website at www.blm.gov/rv5c under ‘What We Do’ – ‘Grazing.’
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