Ely, Nevada…Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger today signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the 2011 Final Environmental Impact Statement (2011 FEIS) and the 2014 Final Supplement to the 2011 FEIS for the Ely Westside Rangeland Project. Alternative 1 (Proposed Action) from the 2014 Final Supplement, as presented in the June 2014 Draft Record of Decision, was chosen as the Selected Action.
The Selected Action provides for continued livestock grazing on 9 grazing allotments under updated terms and conditions designed to sustain and improve the health of the land and protect essential ecosystem functions and values. The Selected Action modifies Alternative 1 to open a portion of the Troy Mountain allotment and to limit domestic sheep grazing in the Cherry Creek allotment.
The Selected Action does not authorize grazing on the Big Creek, Hooper Canyon, and Irwin Canyon allotments or on the portion of the Troy Mountain Allotment that is within the Grant Range Wilderness. These allotments will remain vacant.
The ROD, 2014 Final Supplement and the 2011 FEIS are available on the World Wide Web at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/htnf/elywestrange.
Allotment management plans will be finalized this fall and term grazing permits will be re-issued prior to the 2015 grazing season. Implementation of the proper use criteria, design features and monitoring plan will begin in the 2015 grazing season.
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