Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA, 43 U.S.C. 1701
The NCA RMP enhances the protection of remaining shrub communities through aggressive wildfire suppression; the restoration of up to 130,000 acres of shrub habitat; the completion of up to 100,000 acres of fuels management projects; the modification of Idaho Army National Guard training activities by limiting vehicle maneuver training to non-shrub communities, and providing 4,100 acres of additional maneuver training area; and the identification of area designations (i.e., livestock grazing, vehicle use, right-of-way avoidance, and utility corridors). The approved RMP is the same as Alternative D displayed in the Proposed RMP/Final EIS published in February 2008 with minor modifications and clarifications resulting from changes in the status of federally listed threatened and endangered species. In addition, the area known as Pasture 8B of the Battle Creek Allotment is no longer listed as closed to grazing, but may be grazed at BLM's discretion, under contract or as temporary non-renewable forage, for the purpose of meeting specific NCA resource management objectives, including weed reduction, hazardous fuels management, and ecological improvement. These minor modifications and clarifications did not result in substantial changes to the proposed action.
All protests received by the BLM regarding the RMP have been addressed. No inconsistencies with State or local plans, policies, or programs were identified during the Governor's consistency review of the proposed RMP.