The proposed action is to build approximately 1.07 miles of new permanent fence. The fence would be located in T 41N, R 27E, section 14. (Refer to Section 11.0 for map of proposed fence location). The site would be accessed by existing roads.
The proposed fence would reduce livestock drift from the North Paiute Low Elevation use area into North Paiute High Elevation use area during the hot season, which is also the season of non-use (7/1 to 10/6). The fence would limit livestock access through Rough Canyon and the subsequent drift of cattle along Battle Creek and Bartlett Creek. The North Fork of Battle Creek is occupied habitat for the federally listed threatened species, Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT).
The Paiute Meadows Allotment permittee, Paiute Meadows Grazing Association, LLC, has proposed to maintain the proposed drift fence using materials provided by the BLM. A cooperative agreement would be issued to the permittee prior to the construction of the fence.