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61262#61262 Abstract
o The Forest Service and the BLM jointly prepared the EA in response to a proposal from Rich County Commission and livestock permittees requesting to consolidate 10 existing livestock grazing allotments into one large allotment, construct or reconstruct the necessary range improvements to implement a time-controlled, rest-rotation grazing system on federal lands managed by the Forest Service and the BLM. o The project area encompasses approximately 135,350 acres (BLM 66,233 acres) and the Forest Service (36,297 acres), SITLA (9,090 acres), and lands owned by private entities (22,730 acres). o The draft decision is to implement Alternative C Proposed Action, as described in the EA.
Final Three Creeks Grazing Allotment Consolidation Project EA#61262
Final Three Creeks Grazing Allotment Consolidation Project EA
[view] Comment Period Open USDA/Forest Service 01/22/2018
61245#61245 Abstract
The Bureau of Land Management Salt Lake Field Office is initiating a public scoping period to solicit scoping comments on a proposal to construct a variety of rangeland improvements for five allotments in western Box Elder County, Utah. The scoping period ill end on Dec. 29, 2017. The Salt Lake Field Office is considering a proposal for the construction of seven new pipelines or extensions, one spring development, 17 new water troughs, three new non-culinary wells, approximately seven miles of pasture/allotment fence and enclosures, and one pond in the following allotments: Muddy Creek, U and I, Junction Creek, Owl Springs, Red Butte, and Keg Springs. Proposal may be modified in response to public scoping. The following BLM range improvement project is within the greater sage-grouse priority/general habitat management area (PHMA/GHMA) and/or population area as identified in the Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Approved Resource Management Plan Amendment (September 2015). This project would affect approximately 100 acres of PHMA and/or population areas on public, state, and private lands. The majority of the project would occur on previously disturbed roads or two tracks.
West Box Elder Rangeland Improvement Projects#61245
West Box Elder Rangeland Improvement Projects
[view] Comment Period Open DOI/Bureau of Land Management 12/22/2017
61244#61244 Abstract
FWS is beginning the process of evaluating the status of the Ute ladies'-tresses orchid (Spiranthes diluvialis) throughout its range using our Species Status Assessment (SSA) framework. This species status assessment will help us evaluate the species status throughout its range, and subsequently inform a five-year review as required under the Endangered Species Act, which we will use to determine whether a change in listed status is appropriate. We listed the Ute ladies'-tresses as a threatened species on January 17, 1992 (57 FR 2048) and the species is now found in eight states and one Canadian province. Ute ladies'-tresses is a perennial, herbaceaous orchid which grows along riparian edges, wet meadows, and wetlands or seeps near freshwater lakes and springs at elevation up to 7,000 feet above sea level in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and British Columbia. Our website provides previously compiled biological and threat assessment information for Ute ladies' -tresses. More information about the SSA process can be found online at: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/improving_ESA/ssa.html FWS is seeking information and data regarding the items listed in the attached letter.
Ute ladies'-tresses Species Status Assessment#61244
Ute ladies'-tresses Species Status Assessment
[view] Comment Period Open DOI/Fish and Wildlife Service 01/24/2018
61243#61243 Abstract
The Ranch Creek Watershed and Riparian Improvement Project is designed to maintain and improve riparian areas and stream and watershed function, as well as to benefit Bonneville cutthroat trout and other wildlife species. PROJECT AREA DESCRIPTION The Ranch Creek project is located within Garfield County, Utah on the Escalante Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest approximately 15 miles south of Antimony, Utah and encompasses approximately 14,082 acres. The project area is located within Township 33S Range 1W Sections 20-21, and 27-34, Township 33S Range 2W Sections 25 and 36, Township 34S Range 1W Sections 2-11, 15-18, and 20-22, and Township 34S Range 2W Section 1 and 12. The project area is within the Ranch Creek- Sevier River and Sweetwater Creek sub-watersheds which includes the headwaters of Ranch Creek, Birch Creek, and Horse Creek. Access is by County Road 1660 (Johns Valley Highway, CR 1660), and FR 30234. There is approximately 191 acres of private land within the project area. There are no designated wilderness areas or inventoried roadless areas (IRA) within the project boundary. PURPOSE AND NEED 1. There is a need to increase the proportion and health of riparian dependent species in the riparian zone along Horse Creek, Birch Creek, and Ranch Creek. 2. There is a need to reduce the amount of sediment being introduced into Horse Creek, Birch Creek and Ranch Creek. 3. There is a need to improve habitat for and increase stream miles accessible to native aquatic organisms. 4. There is a need to restore and enhance ecosystem health while promoting the overall sustainability and diversity of vegetative systems and hydrologic functioning of the watershed. 5. There is a need to restore forest stand resiliency and resistance to insects and disease by reducing competition-induced mortality. 6. There is a need to improve and maintain desirable forested conditions such as stand structure, stand structural stage, species composition, and VSS class distribution for northern goshawk habitat. 7. There is a need to reduce the risk of uncharacteristically severe and stand replacing wildfires by reducing fuel loading, raising canopy base height, reducing ladder fuels, and opening canopy. 8. There is a need to decrease the probability of crown fires and reduce surface fire intensity to improve fire management effectiveness and firefighter safety. 9. There is a need to separate non-motorized trail users from motorized vehicles especially in an areas where sharp switchbacks limit visibility. 10. There is a need to improve habitat and disperse wildlife by providing an adequate water source in the Horse Creek drainage. PROPOSED ACTION The action proposed by the Forest Service to meet the purpose and need is as follows (a detailed description of the Proposed Action (Alternative 2) can be found in Chapter 2 of the EA: Action 1: Treat riparian areas to promote riparian dependent vegetation species. This action responds to purpose and need 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, and 8. Action 2: Relocate portion of Birch Creek ATV trail away from stream. This action responds to purpose and need 2, 3, and 4 Action 3: Fence the Horse Creek GDE and upper Ranch Creek meadow with ungulate proof fencing. This action responds to purpose and need 2 and 4. Action 4: Install grade control structures at the downstream end of the lower section of Horse Creek to raise streambed elevation, and use heavy equipment to establish a wide floodplain (~30 feet wide on each side of the stream) accessible by floods with a recurrence interval of ~1.5 years. Slope back banks between the stream channel and abandoned terrace so that the slope is less than 45 degrees. Fill from the channel widening and bank sloping could be used as fill for an erosion feature found within the drainage where some water conveyance practices from an adjacent landowner have led to a gully that transverses across an inactive alluvial fan. The channel length to be reconstructed is approximately 1.0 miles and the erosion feature to be filled is approximately 0.3 miles. This action responds to purpose and need 2, 3, and 4. Action 5: Treat the shrubland community to remove encroaching conifers and improve structure of brush. This action responds to purpose and need 1, 3, 4, 7, and 8. Action 6: Treat Goshawk nest areas and PFAs to meet the intent of the Goshawk Amendment. This action responds to purpose and need 6. Action 7: Treat up to 8,550 acres of forest stands to alter species composition and density by using silvicultural treatments, hand and mechanical thinning, and using prescribed fire. This action responds to purpose and need 5, 7, and 8. Action 8: Reroute sections of nonmotorized Great Western Trail off of FR 140. This action responds to purpose and need 9. Action 9: Install a water guzzler in the Horse Creek drainage. This action responds to purpose and need 10
Ranch Creek Watershed and Riparian Improvement EA#61243
Ranch Creek Watershed and Riparian Improvement EA
[view] Comment Period Open USDA/Forest Service 01/08/2018
61205#61205 Abstract
Clachan Development LLC, representative for REDUS Park City LLC, is requesting a Master Plan amendment to the existing Tuhaye Master Plan, a master planned community in the Jordanelle Basin. The existing master plan is for 900 ERUs on 1,250 acres. The proposed amendment would add approximately 500 contiguous acres along the west boundary of the existing master plan for a total of 1,750 acres. The applicant is proposing to spread the 900 existing ERUs over the amended project boundary of 1,750 acres, resulting in a revised project layout. The project is located south of SR 248, between the Town of Hideout and the Wasatch/Summit County boundaries in Sections 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, and 29, Township 2 South, Range 5 East in the Jordanelle Basin Overlay Zone (JBOZ). If forwarded, the recommendation by the Planning Commission on this item will be considered by the County Council as the Land Use Authority, at a Public Hearing on December 20, 2017.
Tuhaye Amended Master Plan#61205
Tuhaye Amended Master Plan
[view] Comments Closed Other/Local Government 12/13/2017
61204#61204 Abstract
The BLM will offer 43 parcels, totaling approximately 51,401acres in Grand and San Juan counties at its March quarterly oil and gas lease sale. The BLM will hold the lease sale online at www.energynet.com.
March 2018 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale Protest Period#61204
March 2018 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale Protest Period
[view] Comment Period Open DOI/Bureau of Land Management 12/27/2017
61203#61203 Abstract
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) proposal to construct and install up to six water catchments and associated water distribution infrastructure (e.g., protection fencing, catchment aprons, storage tanks, pipelines, troughs, wildlife drinkers) in the Headwaters, First Point, Five Mile Mountain, Mollies Nipple, Wagon Box Mesa, and Death Hollow allotments. The proposed projects would be in conformance with the GSENM Management Plan (MMP), as amended by the Utah Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment finalized in September 2015. These projects would fulfill the water resource objective outlined in the MMP to ensure that appropriate quality and quantity of water resources are available for the proper care and management of the objects of the Monument. These projects would specifically conform to MMP direction related to water resources (WAT) and water-related developments (WDEV). Further, these projects would not conflict with other MMP direction. The purpose of the BLM action is to provide reliable water storage and improve water availability for wildlife and livestock in the Headwaters, First Point, Five Mile Mountain, Mollies Nipple, Wagon Box Mesa, and Death Hollow allotments. Reliable water storage and improved water availability are also intended to improve livestock distribution (dispersing cattle throughout the area to take advantage of available forage and reduce concentration of livestock at existing water sources) and thereby enhance wildlife habitat and improve vegetation, soil, and water resource conditions. The need for the BLM action is based on lack of dependable water sources and/or resource impacts near existing water sources across portions of the aforementioned allotments.
GSENM Water Catchment Projects#61203
GSENM Water Catchment Projects
[view] Comments Closed DOI/Bureau of Land Management 12/13/2017
61202#61202 Abstract
The Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office (BLM) has prepared this environmental assessment (EA) to disclose and analyze the environmental consequences of the proposed action to authorize a right-of-way (ROW) to Carbon County in perpetuity in order to upgrade the existing road and continue maintenance of the road. Carbon County applied for a ROW on January 1, 2015, for the existing Class B, 2-wheel drive, County System Road, No. 6559. This road has washed out many times in various locations due to sporadic flooding. Carbon County desires to lift the specific portions of the road and place culverts in strategic locations to prevent future road damage during flood events.
Nine Mile Canyon Road Stabilization Road Project#61202
Nine Mile Canyon Road Stabilization Road Project
[view] Comment Period Open DOI/Bureau of Land Management 12/29/2017
61182#61182 Abstract
The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is requesting your comments an environmental assessment (EA) that was prepared to amend the Travel Management Plan for roads in Farmington Canyon and Lamb's Canyon. This proposal would require changes to the current Motor Vehicle Use Map by establishing summer use dates and winter seasonal closure dates for the two roads and add the Lamb's Canyon Road back into the National Forest System.
Travel Management Plan Amendment and Motor Use Map Update EA#61182
Travel Management Plan Amendment and Motor Use Map Update EA
[view] Comment Period Open USDA/Forest Service 12/26/2017
61127#61127 Abstract
The snowflake obsidian pit is the location of a former mining operation that is being transferred to a public resource by designating the area as a community pit. The area surrounding the community pit has numerous areas where people have prospected and mined obsidian. The designation of the community pit will allow the public to collect and purchase material while limiting impacts to one previously disturbed area.
Snowflake Obsidian Community Pit#61127
Snowflake Obsidian Community Pit
[view] Comment Period Open DOI/Bureau of Land Management 12/22/2017
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