Livestock Grazing on Three BLM Allotments - No. 4108, No. 4141, and No. 4199, Environmental Assessments

Client: Bureau of Land Management

Location: Tuolumne County, CA

UltraSystems prepared three separate environmental assessments EAs, on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management, for a ten-year permit to authorize livestock grazing on three parcels totaling approximately 400 acres. The project satisfied requirements of Title 43 Part 4110, Section 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR); the Taylor Grazing Act; Public Rangelands Improvement Act; and Federal Land Policy and Management Act. UltraSystems conducted technical studies, including assessment of biological resources, cultural resources, water quality, and air quality, and proposed mitigation measures to reduce potentially significant effects to less than significant, per NEPA guidelines. In addition to preparation of the EAs, UltraSystems prepared grazing management plans to analyze identified rangeland health issues and address conformity to the Secretary of the Interior-approved Rangeland Health Standards and Guidelines for Livestock Grazing Management , in the Bakersfield District. Pursuant to Section 7 of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), UltraSystems conducted formal Section 7 consultation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to ensure that no federally-listed species were affected by the livestock grazing activity. UltraSystems performed several such studies on behalf of BLM for livestock grazing permits.