This decision authorizes the broadcast seeding of 334 acres of BLM managed public lands, noxious weed inventory across the entirety of the fire area, and noxious weed treatments on up to 25 acres each year through 2016. The ESR plan includes: 1) broadcast seeding of 334 acres of BLM managed public lands with Wyoming big sagebrush, mountain big sagebrush, Sandberg’s bluegrass, and other site-adapted native plant species, and 2) the management of invasive plants on up to 25 acres annually through the year 2016. The decision to implement the proposed action immediately relies on authority under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act and associated BLM regulations under 43 CFR 5003.1 (b). This project meets the determination requirement as an authorized project covered by the Act, as the project stabilizes and rehabilitates lands damaged by wildfire.
The Raspberry Fire was ignited by lightning on 7/01/2013 and contained on 7/04/2013.
The Raspberry occurred at the north end of the East Range, and on the western flank of the range, immediately south of Raspberry Creek. The fire burned a cumulative total of 685 acres, with 334 of those acres occurring on BLM managed lands and 351 acres occurring on private landholdings. 100% of the burned area occurred within the East Range Greater Sage Grouse Population Management Unit (PMU), and 100% of the burned area is classified by the Nevada Department of Wildlife as Sage Grouse nesting and winter range. Approximately 60% of the burned area on BLM lands is classified as bighorn sheep potential habitat.
The Raspberry Fire burned in 3 different ecological sites. Approximately 60% of the fire occurred in ecological site R024XY005NV, which is typified by loamy soils and receives an average of 8-10" of precipitation annually. This ecological site, in reference condition, is dominated principally by Wyoming big sagebrush and Thurber's needlegrass. Approximately 20% of the fire burned across ecological site R024XY020NV, which typically has droughty loam soils and receives an average of 8-10" of precipitation annually. This ecological site, in reference condition, is characterized by Wyoming big sagebrush, Thurber's needlegrass, and Indian ricegrass. Approximately 20% of the fire burned across ecological site R024XY021NV, which is a loamy slope which receives an average of 12-14" of precipitation annually. This ecological site is characterized by Mountain big sagebrush, Idaho fescue, and Bluebunch wheatgrass.
The entirety of the Raspberry Fire had been burned over in 1995 by the Cosgrave Fire. Aerial seeding of drainages was conducted as part of the Cosgrave Fire ESR projects.
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