On May 22, 2012 the TRE Fire was started by an escaped pile burn in the backyard of a private residence. The TRE Fire occurred on the south end of the Pine Nut Mountains in Douglas County, Nevada (Figure 2). The TRE Fire was controlled after burning approximately 7,073 acres of public and private lands, and was declared out on May 27, 2012.
Post-fire analysis suggests that most of the burn area on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed lands was exposed to moderate to high intensity fire, causing a loss of substantial perennial vegetation. Approximately 6,217 acres of BLM-managed lands, and 856 acres of private lands (including 703 acres of Indian Trust lands) are included within the burn area.
On June 1, 2012 the Preacher Fire was started by a lightning-strike on Bureau of Indian Affairs lands (Indian Trust Lands). The Preacher Fire occurred on the Pine Nut Mountains in Douglas County, Nevada (Figure 3). The Preacher Fire was controlled after burning approximately 1,076 acres public and private lands, and was declared out on June 7, 2012.
Post-fire analysis suggests that most of the burn area on BLM-managed lands was exposed to moderate to high intensity fire, causing a loss of substantial perennial vegetation. Approximately 424 acres of BLM-managed lands, and 652 acres of private lands (including 163 acres of Indian Trust lands) are included within the burn area.
The Proposed Action would apply to BLM-managed lands within the administrative jurisdiction of the Sierra Front Field Office. The Proposed Action does not apply to private lands within the burn area.
The Proposed Action would temporarily: 1) restrict motorized vehicle use to posted roads and two-track trails and ban cross-country travel; and 2) close BLM-managed lands within the burn areas to wood harvesting and/or tree cutting on BLM-managed lands. The proposed restrictions would be in effect for two years from publication of this closure and restriction notice in the Federal Register. Under the Proposed Action, the BLM would install signs informing the public that they are entering a temporarily restricted area where all Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) travel is limited to posted routes. Existing dirt roads and two-track trails within the burn areas would be posted as open to motorized vehicle use. Signs would also notify the public that they are entering BLM-managed lands where wood harvesting and/or tree cutting is prohibited.
Establishing these restrictions would enable resource recovery over two growing seasons, and provide the BLM time to implement post-fire recovery and rehabilitation. The purpose of this action is to restrict and close BLM-managed lands to certain uses during a duration of two years to facilitate and implement post-fire rehabilitation efforts. The need for this action is to address adverse environmental impacts to the burn areas that are occurring and would continue to occur for several years from off-highway vehicle (OHV) cross-country use, and associated wood harvesting and tree cutting activities.
The authority for the proposed restriction and closure order is 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 8364.1. Furthermore, this order would be published in the Federal Register after issuance of this Decision Record. This Final Environmental Assessment (EA) serves as documentation of compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for this action per BLM Instructional Memorandum (IM) No. 2010-028, Change 1.
The Proposed Action would also include site-specific application of approved herbicides to control or prevent the spread of noxious invasive plant species in the burn areas on BLM-managed lands and would also authorize planting of native plants by hand.
TRE Legal Description
Mount Diablo Meridian Nevada
T. 10 N., R 22 E.,
sec. 1, lots 2, 3, and 4;
sec. 2, lots 1, 2, 3, and 4, SW¼NE¼, S½NW¼, N½SW¼, NW¼SE¼;
sec. 3, lots 1 and 2, S½NE¼, S½.
T. 11 N., R. 22 E.,
sec. 24, SE¼SW¼, S½SE¼;
sec. 26, NE¼NE¼, S½NE¼, S½NW¼, S½;
sec. 27, S½SW¼, NE¼SE¼, S½SE¼;
sec. 33, E½, E½NW¼, E½SW¼;
sec. 34, N½, NW¼SW¼, SE¼SW¼, SE¼;
T. 10 N., R. 23 E.,
sec. 6, lots 2, 3, 4, and 5, SW¼NE¼, SE¼NW¼.
T. 11 N., R. 23 E.,
sec. 19, lots 3 and 4, SW¼NE¼, SE¼NW¼, E½SW¼, W½SE¼, SE¼SE¼;
sec. 20, S½SW¼;
sec. 28, W½NW¼, W½SW¼;
sec. 30, lots 1, 2, 3, and 4, E½, E½NW¼, E½SW¼;
sec. 31, lots 1, 2, 3, and 4, NE¼, E½NW¼, E½SW¼;
sec. 32, N½, N½SW¼, N½SE¼;
sec. 33, NW¼, N½SW¼.
The area described contains 8,070.4 acres, more or less.
Preacher Legal Description
Mount Diablo Meridian Nevada
T. 12 N., R 21 E.,
sec. 24, S½SW¼;
sec. 25, NW¼;
sec. 26, N½NE¼, SW¼NE¼, NE¼NW¼, S½NW¼, SW¼, SW¼SE¼;
sec. 35, NW¼NW¼.
The area described contains 720 acres, more or less.
On December 4, 2012 the closure and restriction order was published in the Federal Register (see Documents).