Grazing Management Plan (GMP)
The GMP is an element of the RMP
This Grazing Management Plan (GMP) will:
- Manage livestock grazing in accordance with Reclamation Directives and Standards to ensure a healthy, sustainable rangeland system;
- Provide broad-scale guidance and direction on implementing a restructured grazing program;
- Document the process on how decisions related to grazing administration and range management will be made;
- Include decision criteria concerning grazing area, length of permits/lease and renewals, permit/lease terms and conditions, fees, management during extreme conditions (e.g., droughts and fires), and the needs for maintaining sustainable rangeland health and protecting sensitive habitats;
- Provide a basis for analysis for impacts of future grazing in the Draft RMP/EIS for the Newlands Project;
- Range improvements and maintenance responsibilities would be inventoried and managed, and new improvement authorizations would be carried out in accordance with the GMP; and
- Document existing grazing administrative procedures and develop administrative management strategies related to Newlands Projects lands identified to be relinquished until that process is complete; and Carson Lake and Pasture and Humboldt title transfer lands until the transfers are complete.
The GMP will develop a long-term management strategy for grazing administration on retained Newlands Project lands that:
- Employs the principles of good range management
- Is in compliance with applicable laws and Reclamation rules and regulations
- Protects Newlands Project lands, facilities and waterbodies
- Minimizes financial and social impacts to the agricultural community
Relationship to Other Initiatives: The GMP relates to the initiative pertaining to lands and resources necessary to be retained for project purposes by ensuring effective administration to protect Reclamation-managed lands, facilities, and waterbodies, as well as to improve resource management. Newlands Project lands were evaluated to determine whether they are still required for Project purposes. Those parcels no longer necessary have been identified for disposal or relinquishment to the Bureau of Land Management. Most of the pastures currently being grazed are being considered for disposal or relinquishment.
For additional information related to the GMP, please contact Jennifer Birri at 775-884-8349 or Andrea Minor at 775-884-8366.