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BLM releases environmental assessment on Spruce Mountain restoration
by Tribune Staff
Jan 28, 2012 | 493 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

ELKO, Nev. — The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Wells Field Office’s Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Spruce Mountain Restoration Project is available for public review until March 2.

The project, proposed on public land south of Wells, is needed to reduce expansion of pinyon-juniper woodlands, invasive weeds and hazardous fuels; restore previous wildfire damage, healthy forests, rangelands and wildlife habitat and protect historic pinyon-juniper woodlands and cultural resources. Various treatment types are analyzed in the assessment, including prescribed fire, hand thinning, mastication, herbicide application and seeding.

Public scoping for this project was initiated in January. The BLM incorporated comments received during the public scoping process and developed a proposed action and alternatives for the restoration project.

The EA is available for public review online at, under NEPA, Projects under National Environmental Policy Act review. Hard copies are available upon request from the Elko District Office. Comments can be sent to: Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Matt Murphy, 3900 E. Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801; faxed to 753-0315; or emailed to Following this review period, BLM will issue a proposed and final decision.

Commenters should be aware that a person’s entire comment — including your personal identifying information, such as address — can be made publicly available at any time. Commenters can ask us that personal identifying information be withheld, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.
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