Permit for Excess Vegetation Disposal at Pickel Meadow Wildlife Area (Grazing Permit)

Summary

SCH Number
2019018040
Lead Agency
Fish & Widlife 6 I/M (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6 I/M)
Document Title
Permit for Excess Vegetation Disposal at Pickel Meadow Wildlife Area (Grazing Permit)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
CDFW proposes to issue a 5-year permit for excess vegetation disposal (grazing) on approx 510-acres of the Pickel Meadow Wildlife Area. This portion of the Wildlife Area is included in the adjacent US Forest Service Junction Grazing Permit and has been grazed annually during the 30 years that the property has been owned by CDFW and was managed as a private ranch prior to acquisition. The existing Forest Service permit and the associated Junction Allotment Management Plan (1992) establish required management practices, the unit rotation schedule, and allowable use standards for grazing on the property. The primary objective of livestock grazing at this location is to maintain and improve habitat for plants and wildlife, particularly the irrigated meadows occurring on the property. Grazing would occur between June 1 and September 30 annually using a deferred pasture rotation schedule, regular monitoring, and exclusion from sensitive areas.

Contact Information
Alisa Ellsworth
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6 I/M
787 N. Main St, Suite 220
Bishop, CA 93514

760-872-1173

Location

Counties
Mono
State Highways
108
Township
6N
Range
22,23E
Section
23,24,
Base
MDBM

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15304
Reasons for Exemption
The project is class 4, 15304 (minor alterations to land) exempt; the project will result in minor alterations in the condition of land and vegetation on an existing officially designated wildlife management area which will result in improvement of habitat for wildlife resources.
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