The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office (BRFO), has issued a Decision Record (DR) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Snowstorm Exploration LLC’s (SEL) Snowstorm Exploration Project Environmental Assessment (EA). The DR selects the proposed action for implementation, including environmental protection measures and all recommended mitigation measures as presented in the EA. Any authorizations issued for this project will be subject to these measures.
SEL submitted a Plan of Operations (PoO) expanding four of their existing Notice-level exploration projects located in the Snowstorm Mountains and Kelly Creek areas northwest of Midas and southeast of Chimney Reservoir on the Little Humboldt River. The project area is located approximately 40 miles north-northeast of Winnemucca in Humboldt County, Nevada (T. 41 N., R. 43 E., portions of sections 1, 9 - 12, 14 -16, and 20 - 36; T.40 N., R. 43 E., portions of sections 1 - 5, 8 - 13, 16, and 17; and T. 40 N., R. 44 E., portions of sections 4 – 8).
The DR implements the proposed Phase I action which adds 48.0 acres of exploration activities to the existing 19.8 acres (16.5 acres of public land and 3.3 acres on private land) of existing Notice-level disturbance for a total disturbance of 67.8 acres. Appropriate stipulations have been incorporated into our decision.
The EA, DR and FONSI can be viewed under the 'Documents' tab on the left. In addition, hardcopies of these documents are available at the BLM Winnemucca District office at 5100 East Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, Nevada, 89445, during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, or will be provided upon request.