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« on: May 24, 2015, 04:07:04 am »

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability
of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Approved Resource Management
Plan (RMP) for the Winnemucca District located in northern Nevada. The
Nevada State Director signed the ROD on May 21, 2015, which constitutes
the final decision of the BLM and makes the Approved RMP effective
immediately.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the ROD/Approved RMP are available upon request
from the Winnemucca District Manager, Bureau of Land Management, 5100
E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445 or via the Internet at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_information/rmp.html. Copies of the
ROD/Approved RMP are available for public inspection at the Winnemucca
District at the above address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Zwaantje Rorex, RMP Team Lead,
telephone 775-623-1727; address 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca,
Nevada 89445; email zrorex@blm.gov. Persons who use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above
individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above
individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Winnemucca District RMP will replace the
existing 1982 Sonoma-Gerlach and Paradise-Denio Management Framework
Plans (MFPs) and one land use plan amendment titled the Paradise-Denio
and Sonoma-Gerlach Management Framework Plan-Lands Amendment (January
1999). The RMP and associated EIS were developed using a collaborative
planning process. Collaboration included working with nine cooperating
agencies, development of alternatives utilizing a sub-group of the
Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council and
input through coordination and consultation with Native American/Tribal
interests. The RMP planning area encompasses approximately 7.2 million
acres of public land administered by the Winnemucca District, located
in Humboldt, Pershing, and parts of Lyon, Churchill and Washoe
counties, Nevada. The RMP decision area does not include private lands,
State lands, Indian Reservations, Federal lands not administered by BLM
or lands within the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon, Emigrant Trails
National Conservation Area (NCA), except for administratively combining
portions of two herd management areas (HMAs) into one HMA. The NCA is
covered under the ROD and RMP for the Black Rock Desert-High Rock
Canyon Emigrant Trails NCA and associated wilderness, and other
contiguous lands in Nevada (July 2004). The RMP describes the actions
and landscape-level conservation and management to meet desired
resource goals and objectives for natural resources including wildlife
habitat, sensitive and threatened or endangered species habitat,
watersheds, and wild horses and burros. While the RMP contains some
conservation management measures for the Greater Sage-Grouse habitats,
the Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse Plan
Amendment and EIS will fully analyze applicable Greater-Sage Grouse
conservation measures, consistent with BLM Instruction Memorandum No.
2012-044. The BLM expects to make a comprehensive set of decisions for
managing Greater-Sage Grouse on lands administered by the Winnemucca
District in the Record of Decision for the Nevada and Northeastern
California Greater Sage-Grouse Plan Amendment and EIS.
The RMP
addresses protection and preservation of cultural resources, scenic
values and management of recreation. Multiple uses, including livestock
grazing, minerals, and lands and realty actions, are also addressed.
    The proposed RMP/Final EIS was made available to the public on
September 6, 2013 in 78 FR 54909. Nine valid protest letters were
received and 21 issues were identified. No comments were received as a
result of the Governor's consistency review. The Director's Protest
Resolution Report is available from the Winnemucca District's RMP Web
site at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_information/rmp.html.
    As a result of resolving protest issues, the following changes were
made to the final RMP: added language to management action for
vegetation-riparian/wetlands (action VRW 1.1.1) to clarify adaptive
management; included the Snowstorms Mountains-fence for HMA boundary
adjustments in action WHB 1.2; clarified management action for
cooperative agreements with livestock permittees in action LG 5.4; and
corrected response to public comment in Appendix M regarding areas to
be closed to livestock grazing within certain allotments. Other minor
editorial modifications to provide further clarification of some of the
decisions were made. Reformatting of the final RMP resulted in
renumbering

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of some of the management actions, noted in the document itself.
Clarifications on management actions and corrections regarding the
analysis provided in the EIS are described in the ROD. These include
actions pertaining to vegetation (range), fish and wildlife habitat,
special status species habitat (specifically Greater Sage-Grouse), wild
horse and burro, livestock grazing, and lands and realty.
    During the development of the final RMP and ROD, the Pine Forest
Range Wilderness was designated through the presidential approval of
the National Defense Authorization Act (December 19, 2014) Public Law
113-291, section 3064. The ROD and RMP reflect changes to management
actions based on this designation.
    The EIS analyzed four alternatives: Alternative A (no action),
Alternative B (use intensive), Alternative C (environmental
protection), and Alternative D (the Preferred Alternative). The
Preferred Alternative as described in the proposed RMP was selected in
the ROD, with some minor clarifications based on protests.
The ROD
adopts the RMP's goals and objectives and management actions to reach
those goals and objectives. The ROD does not directly implement any
specific action. Future actions will be consistent with the management
direction in the approved RMP and will be made through a future
decision-making process, including appropriate environmental review.
Examples of site-specific planning efforts for resource use activities
are mine plans of operation or rangeland health assessments. The
approved RMP provides for the development of future implementation
plans for special recreation management areas, communication sites,
acquired lands, and travel and transportation management.

    The approved RMP also describes future step down plans for resource
protection including rangeland health assessments, cultural and
paleontological management plans, wild horse and burro herd management
plans, and an invasive weed control plan.

    Authority:  40 CFR 1506.6

Amy Lueders,
State Director, Nevada.
[FR Doc. 2015-12190 Filed 5-21-15; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-HC-P

Source... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-22/html/2015-12190.htm
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