63 research outputs found

    Finding of no significant impact for Camp Harney/ Cow Creek ecological restoration project

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    8 pp. The area proposed for treatment is located in Harney County on the east and west sides of Rattlesnake Creek, north to the Burns District boundary and south to Cow Creek Road (T. 21 S., R. 32 E., Sections 25, 26, 34, 35, and T. 21 S., R. 32.5 E., Sections 27-34; and T. 22 S., R. 32 E., Sections 1-3, 10-12, and 14, 15, and T. 22 S., R. 32.5 E., Sections 3-11, 13-17, 21-23, and 26-29; elevation range is 4,100 to 5,400 feet; Maps 1 and 2, Statewide and Project Vicinity Maps, Appendix A). Captured August 7, 2007.Announces decision to exclude EIS for project taking action against western juniper encroachment, which has caused a reduction in the density, patch size, and health and vigor of sagebrush-bunchgrass communities, aspen stands, and riparian communities. Includes using a combination of prescribed fire and juniper cutting, as well as spine ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir thinnings to achieve desirable vegetative composition

    Noxious weed management program: Environmental assessment

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    31 pp. Map, appendices. The area to be covered by this assessment covers approximately 3.7 million acres (Appendix A). These lands are located primarily in Harney County with portions in Grant, Lake, and Malheur Counties in southeastern Oregon. Captured August 6, 2007.Proposes implementation of program with seven goals, with emphasis on prevention and detection, and education and awareness. Includes implementation of an annual weed prevention schedule, partnership with county state weed programs and with transportation departments, implementing BLM and Oregon State education programs, educating and working with contractors and public land users, publishing news articles and participating in local activities and creating educational signing at all major recreation sites. Other goals include: inventory, planning, integrated weed management, coordination, and monitoring, evaluation, research and technology transfer

    Notice of proposed decision and finding of no significant impact for Pass Creek riparian pasture

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    14 pp. Tables. T.37S., R.32.75E., Sections 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, and 35. Captured August 6, 2007.Announces decision to implement proposed action to construct approximately two miles of fence along the southwest side of Pass Creek in O'Keefe Seeding Pasture of Fields Basin Allotment in order to create a new 1100-acre riparian pasture. It would provide for closer management and control of cattle presence and forage consumption without the need for constant presence by range riders during the late summer/early fall authorized grazing season, reduce stocking levels, and employ monitoring to adjust the limited fall use period to ensure riparian vegetation objectives are achieved

    Finding of no significant impact and decision record for Pueblo-Lone Mountain biological crust exclosure

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    6 pp. T. 39 S., R. 32 E., Section 27, NESE. Captured August 6, 2007.Announces decision to implement proposed action constructing a small 12m by 3m exclosure in Rincon WSA by wiring heavy gauge steel light gray "bull panels" to 5 1/2-foot steel green fenceposts. Materials would be hand carried from Foothills Road to the chosen site, and the exclosure would be removed after monitoring objectives are met

    Finding of no significant impact and decision record for Willow Creek road reroute

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    5 pp. The private land is located within the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area (CMPA), more specifically in Section 16, T. 33 S., R. 34 E. Captured January 24, 2008.Announces decision to implement project granting request from private property owners seeking to replace a portion of road that accesses their property on the eastern slope of Steens Mountain. Includes relocating route by eliminating stream crossing on public land and reducing motorized access across the High Steens Wilderness Study Area (habitat for threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout), and allowing a new "way" which would be developed and maintained solely by the passage of vehicles

    Decision record for Otis Mountain/Moffet Table fuels management project

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    13 pp. Implementation of the rangeland prescribed burning portion of the proposed action on public lands and the privately owned lands of project cooperators within the Otis Mountain, Moffet Table, Birch Creek, Mule Creek, Newell Field, and Big Upson Field grazing allotments will occur over the next 12 years. Captured January 13, 2009.Announces decision to implement a portion of the proposed action. Includes all of the rangeland burning and silvicultural thinning outside of the Rudy treatment area in the northeastern corner of the project area. A portion of the silvicultural thinning treatments will be accomplished under stewardship contracting authority

    Finding of no significant impact and proposed decision for Crow's Nest allotment management plan/agreement

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    9 pp. Maps. The Crow's Nest Allotment is located approximately 31 miles south of Burns, Oregon. Captured August 7, 2007.Announces decision implementing proposed action, extending the permitted season of grazing from April 1-October 15 to March 1-October 15, and to implement three resource objectives. Includes maintaining all seeded areas in stable to upward trend in condition over the next ten years to provide approximately 800 AUMs each year for livestock and wildlife, providing rearing and nesting opportunity for long-billed curlew in either of the pastures from May 1 through June 30 each year as well as breeding and foraging habitat for ferruginous hawk, and managing for stable to upward trend in condition in sagebrush/bottlebrush squirreltail range sites over the next ten years

    Finding of no significant impact and decision record: Pinecraft hazardous fuels reduction project environmental assessment

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    6 pp. The project encompasses the following legal locations: Craft Point – Sections 13, 24, and 25, in T. 21 S., R. 32.5 E.; Pine Creek – Sections 14, 15, 16, 17, and 26, in T. 21 S., R. 33 E. Captured August 6, 2007.Announces decision to exclude EIS from project utilizing a combination of prescribed burning and silvicultural methods to reduce the chance of sustained crown fire on 1200 acres of ponderosa pine dominated forest within the Craft Point and Pine Creek area

    Decision record: Slickear/Claw Creek Forest restoration

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    19 pp. T 20 S, R 29 E, Sections 31-35; T 21 S, R 29 E, Sections 2-11 and 14-18; T 21 S, R 26 E, Sections 12, 13 and 24; T 21 S, R 27 E, Sections 7, 8, and 17-20. Captured January 13, 2009.Announces decision approving project utilizing various methods of prescribed fire and mechanical treatments to reduce hazardous fuels, restore plant communities, and improve wildlife habitat diversity. The emphasis on treatments in forested areas would be to reduce densities of small diameter trees and duff and litter accumulations. The emphasis in shrublands, woodlands, and riparian areas would be to move conditions toward historic species composition and structure while reducing fuels in the vicinity of the towns of Burns, Hines, and Riley, as well as numerous ranches, homes, and dwellings

    Finding of no significant impact for Mountain Allotment management plan

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    14 pp. Mountain Allotment #5532 is located approximately 30 miles east of Burns, Oregon, in the Stinkingwater Mountains. It contains six pastures encompassing 36,914 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed land and 6,420 acres of private land. There are five grazing permits within the allotment with an authorized season of use from May 1 through September 15. Captured August 6, 2007.Announces decision excluding EIS from project dividing allotment into two use areas, grazed separately with two cattle herds, to facilitate better herd management and ranch operations, to assist in achieving a 50 percent target level of utilization on key plant species, to provide growing season rest to key plant species, to mitigate impacts of livestock to cultural and paleontological resources in congregation areas, and because past attempts to graze all permittees' cattle together as one herd have been largely unsuccessful. Includes maintaining current stands of antelope bitterbrush, improving steambank stability and the ecological rating on Stinkingwater Creek, maintaining availablity of perennial native forbs, providing for a stable to upward trend in rangeland condition within the mountain big sagebrush/Idaho fescue/Thurber's needlegrass plant communities, and increasing uniformity of livestock utilization levels and provide periodic growing season rest from livestock grazing for upland and riparian plant communities
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