The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District (CCD) has prepared this Environmental Assessment (EA) to address potential environmental consequences associated with different management actions carried out during drought on public lands within the CCD. The CCD manages approximately 4.8 million acres of public land within Washoe, Carson City, Storey, Lyon, Douglas, Mineral, Churchill, and Nye Counties in Nevada, and Plumas, Lassen and Alpine Counties in California.
As of February 27, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated three counties and an independent city in Nevada as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought. The counties are Douglas, Esmeralda, and White Pine. The Independent City is Carson City. Douglas County and Carson City are located within the CCD. Additionally, farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Nevada also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties include Elko, Lincoln, Mineral, Storey, Eureka, Lyon, Nye, and Washoe. Mineral, Storey, Lyon, Nye and Washoe Counties are located within the CCD.
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in California also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are Alpine, El Dorado, Inyo, and Mono. Alpine County is located within the CCD.
This EA analyzes a range of management alternatives that may be implemented to mitigate the effects of drought and to address emergency situations. Emergency situations include, but are not limited to: wild horse, burro, wildlife and livestock starvation; water depravation and death; major soil erosion events; rangeland degradation; and livestock starvation due to lack of forage, etc.
The purpose of the EA is to analyze alternatives that would allow for the rapid response to drought situations on public lands in order to alleviate the impacts of authorized uses and activities on natural resources that are at risk of being adversely affected by drought conditions.
4.8 million acres of public land within Washoe, Carson City, Storey, Lyon, Douglas, Mineral, Churchill, and Nye Counties in Nevada, and Plumas, Lassen and Alpine Counties in California