VALE:  BLM opens public scoping period for Louse Canyon

VALE: BLM opens public scoping period for Louse Canyon

As part of its commitment to managing healthy and productive landscapes and providing economic opportunities for the local communities that we serve, the Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is initiating an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Louse Canyon Geographic Management Area (LCGMA). We are seeking public input on issues, actions, and alternatives that the EIS should address. The 30-day public scoping period will begin Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.

“Public input is key to identifying the appropriate scope and breadth of the EIS we are undertaking,” said Vale BLM Malheur Field Manager Pat Ryan. “The BLM appreciates the time and effort people take to provide comments, as public participation is vital to managing sustainable, working public lands.”

The Vale District is initiating an EIS in order to analyze alternative livestock management and restoration actions that would promote the landscape health of the LCGMA while providing continued opportunities for public land grazing. Potential management actions include: alternative grazing systems and schedules, upland sagebrush habitat restoration actions (invasive annual grass treatments, soil stabilization, native vegetation species diversification, shrub establishment, sagebrush thinning, and targeted grazing), riparian/meadow habitat restoration actions (erosion and water-related flow control structures and watering trough relocation), and livestock administration actions (fence construction, water developments, livestock trailing, and modifications to livestock range improvements).

The LCGMA encompasses the southeastern corner of Oregon and a small area in northeastern Nevada. The area is comprised of five grazing allotments (536,434 acres) in Malheur County, Oregon, and two grazing allotments (11,262 acres) in Humboldt County, Nevada.

Additional project information is available at BLM’s ePlanning link: https://go.usa.gov/xQeac. To be most helpful, public comments should be submitted no later than Oct. 15, 2019.

Comments may be submitted by email to: BLM_OR_VL_Louse_Canyon_GMA@blm.gov.

Written comments may be sent via mail to 100 Oregon St., Vale, OR 97918. Please reference “Louse Canyon GMA” when submitting comments.