ePlanning DOI-BLM-ID-B011-2011-0016-EA (Joint Fire Science – BOP NCA Fuels Reduction and Restoration Project)  
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NEPA #:  DOI-BLM-ID-B011-2011-0016-EA Status:  Analysis & Document Preparation
Project Name:  Joint Fire Science – BOP NCA Fuels Reduction and Restoration Project Decision Date: 
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Project Description:
The enabling legislation of the NCA (16 USC 460iii-2; 107 Stat. 304) (Appendix 1): emphasizes the conservation, protection and enhancement of raptor populations and habitat and values associated with the scientific, cultural, and educational resources of public lands in the NCA. Tied to this legislation are specific Resource Management Plan (2008) objectives and goals such as; • Protection of remaining shrub communities through wildfire suppression• Restoration of 130,000 acres of shrub habitat• Completion of 100,000 acres of fuels management projects• Designation of up to 5,000 acres for research purposesThe Proposed Action of this project would meet portions of these restoration and fuels management goals as well as, increasing the scientific knowledge of fuel conditions and restoration through long-term research plots. The over-arching goal of the proposed study is to develop an approach to better quantify and predict fuel loads and the effects of fuels manipulations in sagebrush habitats. To accomplish this goal USGS and BLM would address three primary questions: 1) What are current fuel loads along successional/invasion gradients in sagebrush ecological sites in the NCA., 2) How do fuel reduction treatments and grazing influence fuels in invaded areas formerly dominated by sagebrush and, 3) What are the fine-scale spatial patterns of fuels across landscapes and how can management actions be used to alter these patterns?
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T. 02 S, R. 01 E; Secs. 22, 23,26, 27, 28
Project Lead:  Halford, Anne S    
Phone Number:  208 384-3335    
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Office(s):  Snake River Birds of Prey NCA Lead Office:  Snake River Birds of Prey NCA
Counties:  Ada    
Program(s):  Fish and Wildlife Subprogram(s):  None
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  Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Comment Period
EA_Joint_Fire_Science_NCA_508.pdf 02/10/2012 EA_Joint_Fire_Science_NCA_508.pdf

  Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Comment Period
FONSI_Joint_Fire_Science_NCA_508.pdf 02/10/2012 FONSI_Joint_Fire_Science_NCA_508.pdf

  Document Name Release Date Available Formats Public Comment Period
DR_Joint_Fire_Science_NCA_508.pdf 02/10/2012 DR_Joint_Fire_Science_NCA_508.pdf